Shipping galleries 3D model

Curator David Rooney gives a guided tour of this 3D point-cloud model of the Shipping Galleries.


Originally opened in 1963, the Shipping Galleries were home to the Museum's maritime collection until 2012, when the galleries closed. Before the 1800 objects on display were moved into storage, a 3D point cloud model of the space was created.

The galleries held some very significant objects, including the world's first marine gas turbine. The 1947 Metropolitan-Vickers engine was derived from a wartime jet and fitted to an experimental motor gunboat.

Also on show was the original builders' model of Brunel's famous Great Eastern, once the world's largest ship. This enormous vessel, originally named Leviathan and built on London's Isle of Dogs, was used to lay the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable in 1866. Its launching slip can still be seen on the riverfront following archaeological excavation.

Two billion precise laser measurements were recorded from 275 laser scans of the galleries by ScanLAB Projects. The raw data set is planned to be released publicly this year.

The video uses just 10% of this raw data, and features a tour narrated by the Science Museum's transport curator, David Rooney.

Image and video credit: ScanLAB Projects Ltd.

Organised in collaboration with UCL's Photogrammetry, 3D Imaging and Metrology group and the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities.

Further images from the 3D scan can be seen on Flickr.