The Earl of Abergavenny Project

In November 2021, Portland Museum was awarded £59,014 of National Lottery funding to launch a digital volunteering initiative and help break down barriers to heritage. The funding is part of The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Digital Skills for Heritage initiative, which aims to raise digital skills and confidence across the whole UK heritage sector.

The funding is enabling the museum to train and upskill local volunteers in exciting new digital recording techniques. With help from training partners, MSDS Marine and NAS, the Diving into the Digital Archives of the Earl of Abergavenny project volunteers are recording the finds from the shipwreck in three different ways. Firstly, they are making 3D images of the finds, which will be uploaded to Sketchfab and viewable from this website. Secondly, they are recording the finds to Modes, the museum’s collection management system, to ensure a permanent record is created and can be made available to anyone at any time in the future. Lastly, the condition of the finds from the shipwreck are being assessed and recorded to ensure their integrity is protected and they receive appropriate conservation work as required. 

The methodology of the project is being recorded in order to share learning points and outcomes with other heritage organisations. A film of the activities taking place throughout the duration of the project will be produced and made available here in the near future. Until then, many of the activities taking place are being made available via the Latest News section of this website with regular project updates viewable via Portland Museum’s social media channels.

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The ‘Earl of Abergavenny’ East Indiaman, off Southsea by Thomas Luny Courtesy of the British Library

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Take a tour of some of our objects available to view in fabulous 3D! These images have been scanned by our volunteers who will be adding to the archive as the project continues.

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In November 2021, Portland Museum won a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to launch a digital volunteering initiative and break down barriers to heritage. Working with partners, MSDS Marine and MSDS Heritage and the Nautical Archaeology Society, the museum is training volunteers in digital recording techniques to share 3D images and information on the finds from the Earl of Abergavenny shipwreck with the wider community.

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