Students looking at artefacts on display

Photogrammetry at the Garstang Museum

The Garstang Museum of Archaeology at the University of Liverpool, named for Professor John Garstang, houses artefacts from ancient Egypt and Sudan, the ancient Near East, Mediterranean, and Europe

Photographing and building 3D models of the vast collection of objects, primarily excavated by Garstang himself, form an integral part of the activities of the photogrammetry team’s activities. As a result, the Garstang Museum is an essential partner in the photogrammetry team.

The photogrammetry team’s work with the Garstang forms a part of the University of Liverpool’s overall research theme of [Digital] Heritage by using digital media to broaden the research of these objects and allow greater engagement for both researchers and members of the public.

The photogrammetry team works closely with the Garstang to populate a Sketchfab page dedicated to these collections. This close synergy, between the museum and the team, particularly the student core, has and continues to result in virtual 3D teaching innovations, which have proven to be crucial during the Covid-19 Crisis.

Together the Garstang and the photogrammetry team work closely together to build augmented reality exhibitions, which have wider applications in outreach and remote learning.

Learn more about photogrammetry at the Garstang Museum in this short video: The Garstang Museum & Photogrammetry: History in Three Dimensions


The Garstang Museum is pioneering virtual reality augmented exhibitions with the photogrammetry team. This is an ongoing process but see below for our first steps.

Before Egypt Exhibition

Before Egypt

“Before Egypt” was a major exhibition featuring the collections of Predynastic Egyptian and Nubian artefacts from the University of Liverpool’s Garstang Museum of Archaeology, supplemented by loans of key objects from the British Museum, Manchester Museum, Liverpool World Museum, and the Ashmolean.

Explore how the photogrammetry team supported the exhibition here.

Digital 3D archiving and cataloguing

Scan of a lion sculpture

Find out how photogrammetry and the construction of virtual 3D models makes digitally cataloguing and archiving artefacts quick and easy in a way not previously possible. Take a look here.

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