High Crosses are the most iconic and artistically significant stone monuments of medieval Ireland surviving across old monastic sites. For a cultural heritage institution, they can be a challenging subject to exhibit due. In 2010 the Irish High Crosses Exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland brought together casts of 6 plaster High Crosses along with a selection of Irish early Christian treasures. It was a temporary exhibition and ended in 2011. Despite its great success, there has not been any other major exhibition of the Irish High Crosses since. At the same time, the advance in 3D technologies in the past decade made it possible to create digital 3D models of many of the Irish High Crosses, for example through the 3D-ICONS EU project (http://www.3dicons.ie/) or the Discovery Programme (http://www.discoveryprogramme.ie/). Furthermore, the digitisation of European collections allowed for hundreds of relevant Irish High Crosses materials to be accessible online, for example through Europeana (https://www.europeana.eu/portal/en/search?view=grid&q=high+cross&per_page=96). Such abundance of digital resources can be used to exhibit the Irish High Crosses online and through the use of digital devices, enrich a physical exhibition in the future. The Storytelling tool can be used to do that in an easy and visually attractive way, for example by exploring each cross and its decorative motifs in detail.
Share3D is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union.
Agreement number: INEA/CEF/ICT/A2017/1568597
Action No: 2017-EU-IA-0139