Our project partners


Digitised
Diseases
was a collaboration between the University of Bradford and our project partners Museum of London Archaeology and the Royal College of Surgeons of England, supported by the Jisc Content Programme 2011-13. The three partner organisations have very distinct collections and expertise. In Bradford, we have a collection of more than 4000 archaeological individuals from a range of periods and sites curated within the Biological Anthropology Research Centre in the Department of Archaeological Sciences. We have a strong emphasis on the study of human osteology and palaeopathology within our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and with postgraduate research. Since 2011 we have been developing our expertise and capabilities with 3D imaging and visualisation for archaeology and anthropology.
Digitised
Diseases
is one of a number of legacy projects under the umbrella of Bradford Visualisation. During the lifetime of the project we worked closely with our colleagues in the Centre for Visual Computing, which meant that we had the benefit of two Bradford-owned Faro Quantum laserarm scanners with V3 lasers in action throughout the project.

Our two project partners in London both have notable collections. The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) houses the Wellcome Museum of Anatomy & Pathology and the Hunterian Collection at Lincolns Inn Fields. Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) in Shoreditch holds recently excavated assemblages mostly from London and has historic ties to the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology at the Museum of London which acts as a repository for archived human remains assemblages recorded using the shared Wellcome Osteological Research Database (WORD). Assigned staff from MOLA undertook the bulk of the 3D laser scanning in London, beginning with collections housed at MOLA. MOLA worked with the Museum of London, allowing material curated by MOL to be included in the project. When the scanner was re-sited at RCS, MOLA staff continued to undertake the majority of the scanning, aided by RCS staff who helped to select specimens, record specimen information and who were responsible for the safe removal of specimens from mounts and remounting at the end of the project.


We also want to recognise the valuable contributions of our associate partners who provided expertise, resources and access to collections – please see acknowledgements for further details.






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