3D technology for Moruga Museum

A 3D Digitisation and Spherical Technology project produced by the University of St Andrews, UK, in conjunction with EULAC Virtual Workshops and presented through the cooperation of The University of the West Indies Museum, St Augustine campus and the National Museum and Art Gallery, was hosted at the Moruga Museum as part of a bigger project happening in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Facilitators Dr Karen Brown, Dr Allan Miller and Abeola Fabola, of the University of St Andrews, gave participants a hands-on experience in topics such as photogrammetry, laser scanning and structural lighting for creating digital representations of physical objects and spherical photography.
Four schools from the Moruga area attended the workshop.

Pupils of Moruga Secondary, Cowen Hamilton Secondary, Princes Town East and Princes Town West expressed their enthusiasm for producing digital outputs representative of their heritage.

As the workshop progressed, Eric Lewis, curator of the Moruga Museum, gave the pupils a historical and educational tour of the Moruga Museum and they particularly enjoyed learning about the Merikins and the fact that some of them are descendants of the Merikins.
They had a renewed respect for the Merikin elders of the community who were present at the workshop.
They later spoke of using the knowledge gained in the 3D technology to promote their ancestry.

During the workshop, artefacts from the Moruga Museum were selected and set up and the pupils were shown how to take the photographs using their smartphones and tablets.

They also participated in the scanning process. At the end of the day, each pupil was given a certificate of participation in recognition of successful completion of the EULAC Museums 3D Scanning Workshop.

Curator Lewis said that it was always a part of his objective that international museums would use the Moruga Museum as a database to show to the world. Read more

Source: Trinidad Express