Visitor emotion, affect and registers of engagement at museums and heritage sites

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Research Profiles

Western Solomon Islands War Canoe at the British Museum

under the framework of the Pacific Alternatives: Cultural Heritage and Political Innovation in Oceania

image taken by Ben Burt

Project partners:

UCL - E-Curator Project: Graeme Were (UCL Anthropology), Mona Hess (UCL Museums and Collections), Prof Stuart Robson (UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering), Francesca Simon Millar (PhD candidate, UCL Anthropology)

Bergen Pacific Studies Group: Prof Edvard Hviding, Arne Cato Berg, Rolf Erik Scott (Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, Norway [funding by the Research Council of Norway]);

British Museum: Lissant Bolton (Section Head Oceanic Collections), Ben Burt (Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas)

The project:

3D digital documentation of a highly significant cultural heritage object from the Melanesian Southwest Pacific, held in the ethnographic collections of the British Museum. The object, which dates from about 1910, is a ca. 12 m long large plank-built war canoe from the island of Vella Lavella in New Georgia, Solomon Islands. 3D laser scanning is paired with anthropological research, which aims to deliver a holistic virtual reconstruction, multimedia interactive delivery, and possibly a 3D printed colour replica of a detail of the boat for the digital repatriation to the source community.


Hess M., Robson S., Were G.,Simon Millar F., Hviding E., Berg C. A.: Niabara - the Western Solomon Islands War Canoe at the British Museum. 3D documentation, virtual reconstruction and digital repatriation. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia VSMM 2009. "Vision or Reality? Computer Technology and Science in Art, Cultural Heritage, Entertainment and Education", Vienna, Austria, September 9-12, 2009

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