Tuesday, 20 October 2020 15:34

Australian War Memorial opens online exhibition

UH-60L Black Hawk engine cowling, 2 Commando Regiment (REL45788.001) UH-60L Black Hawk engine cowling, 2 Commando Regiment (REL45788.001) Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial has opened its 3D Treasures online exhibition.

3D Treasures features three-dimensional digital scans of 25 objects from the National Collection, each with curated information about the object's history and story.

The history of the objects ranges from the Boer War to contemporary conflicts.

Some of them – eg Sister Vivian Bullwinkle's WWII dress and the cowling from a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan – are on display at the Memorial.

Others – including a WWI camera and an artificial leg from Changi – are available to the public for the first time.

Memorial director Matt Anderson said 3D technology provides an opportunity for audiences to view these rare treasures from every angle, at a level of detail that is almost impossible to achieve in a traditional museum setting.

"This online exhibition ensures that no matter where you are in Australia, or the world, you have access to the Memorial and its collection," he said.

The online exhibition was financially supported by Boeing Australia.

Another 25 objects will be added to 3D Treasures over the coming year.

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