Project preserves maritime heritage

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A partnership between the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and Le Port-Musée in Britanny has seen cutting edge technology used to preserve Cornish and Breton maritime heritage.

The two museums have been using laser scanners to create 3D models of key boats in both their collections.

Delegates attended a one day seminar at the Maritime Museum in Falmouth as part of the LASCANMAR project
Delegates attended a one day seminar at the Maritime Museum in Falmouth as part of the LASCANMAR project

The LASCANMAR (Laser Scanning Maritime) project has been made possible through €60k (£49k) of European funding.

Andy Wyke, boat collection manager at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, explained: “The project was conceived out of a need to satisfy a lack of 3D digital recording and documentation for maritime heritage preservation, specifically boats for which there were either no plans or a lack of recorded information.

“Working in partnership with Le Port-Musée has been a hugely rewarding experience and we look forward to continuing this professional relationship for many years to come.”