King Henry VIII’s Crown, In your living room?

Computers may be the ideal topic of discussion for Digital historians, however there are other digital aspects to history which may catch an eye or two. Physical objects have often been what attracts historians who don’t value the digital aspect of history, now there maybe a way to combine the two sides. 3d printing has challenged the norm of artefacts being key elements in understanding the past. When researching the use of a 3D printer, there is an interesting example of a group of researchers who created a 3D model of King Henry VIII’s crown. What is amazing about this breakthrough in technology is that as it scans the objects and creates a mould exactly the same as the original in every specific detail it opens up the item to be used and admired by many. You would never be able to dream of wearing the Crown, well now thanks to some interesting technology the programme is open on the Web for anyone to download and print on their own 3D printers. One thing that annoys many when going to a museum is not being able to actually touch the objects; we all have inhibition and urge to just grab hold of what were told not to touch. Well thanks to this breakthrough we can, and if developed further soon any object will be able to be created within the homes on ordinary people, Artist Oliver Laric has taken this one step further, creating 3D scans of objects in the Usher Gallery, and made them available online for free under the Creative Commons Licence.[1]

To further suggest interesting uses for this 3D model would be to create cheaper smaller models, available for sale. As replicas are most likely already being sold to the general public, precise Replicasof the crown to the smallest detail would surely guarantee more sales and attract more people. Using an actual 3D model of Henry VIII’s crown is a close-to authentic way of creating a piece of the past that visitors can touch and has the added bonus of bringing some profit to the palace, that can be put back into more educational recreations of objects.

  1. “Henry’s Crown”,Historic Royal Palaces. (Accessed, 30th April 2015)


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