Freelance consultant for digital heritage

Author: Tom Goskar

  • Back to Flickr

    Back to Flickr

    I’ve used Flickr since 2005. It used to be the ‘poster child’ of what was then affectionately known as “Web 2.0” – the concept that the web was evolving from a top-down read-only publishing network into a two-way read-write web. Websites were beginning to act like fully functioning desktop software. Forms could update information without…

  • Rock art – digital enhancement services

    We have just completed a new page summarising one of our many niche services – digital enhancement of rock art. In the past, making rock art panels clearer to study was often an invasive, destructive, and often messy activity. Chalk, paper rubbings, torchlight, mirrors, and even plaster or latex casts have all been used. The…

  • Impossible views: 3D scanning monuments in West Penwith, Cornwall

    Impossible views: 3D scanning monuments in West Penwith, Cornwall

    How can you make a solid, accurate record of an ancient monument for the archaeological record, whilst also making an accessible digital experience with novel ways to view the site highlighting its construction? We think that we’ve cracked it. Penwith Landscape Partnership asked us to capture 3D scans of four monuments as part of the…

  • Click, crackle and hum – the wonders of audio restoration

    Click, crackle and hum – the wonders of audio restoration

    The history of recorded sound goes right back to the 1850s with the invention of the phonautograph, a machine that used a rotating drum, a feather, some soot, and a funnel to record the vibrations of the human voice. The machine was based upon the construction of the human ear. It could not play back…

  • Immersive 3D sound as a tool for curators

    Are you hearing my voice in your left ear? Then let’s get started. Visitors to Versailles exhibition binaural audio experience, The Met, New York City, 2018. Sound is a profoundly powerful sense. It can trigger memories, create experiences, and take people to new – and old – places. The philosophy of the Curatorial Research Centre…

  • Top 10 tips on curating 3D digital objects

    The world of meaningful 3D experiences is here today, it’s not the future. 3D capture technologies such as Structure from Motion (SfM) photogrammetry, laser scanning and structured light scanning are in 2019 fast becoming mainstream. The software is getting better, and crucially, computers, tablets and phones are now fast enough to fluidly display 3D content.…

  • 3D scanning at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum

    We have been working with Cornwall’s Regimental Museum in Bodmin to 3D scan a selection of their objects. I helped the museum to create a Sketchfab account so that they can display the 3D models online, and use the Augmented Reality (AR) features of the Sketchfab mobile app. This will allow the objects, normally housed…

  • Curating sound

    This is the first blog post in a series about the curation of sound. Can you curate sound? Why would you do that, and how can curated sounds be experienced? We will answer these and pose many more, as well as curating some sounds ourselves. This post explores how sound can be used to capture…

  • Announcing the Curatorial Research Centre

    Announcing the Curatorial Research Centre

    At the beginning of February 2019 Tehmina and I launched our new business, the Curatorial Research Centre. The words “curated” and “curator” have become fashionable in recent years, used by thousands to describe lots of different concepts. We help people to grasp the concept of curation, providing clients with advice, skills, facilitation and research. We…

  • Developing my creative practice – funding from Arts Council England

    Developing my creative practice – funding from Arts Council England

    I’m pleased to announce that I have received a grant from the Arts Council England Developing your Creative Practice fund. Self-employed individuals within the arts sectors often find it difficult to conduct development projects to improve their skills or experiment with different techniques. There just isn’t the time. Or the money to pay for the…