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Soane's Ark: Building with Symbols
Soane's Ark: Building with Symbols

Factum Foundation's Ferdinand Saumarez Smith has written a new article exploring the conceptual background to the exhibition 'Soane's Ark: Building with Symbols' as a 'Think Piece' for the Architectural Review. Click here to read it.

The exhibition closes on the 21st of January.


Capturing Dinosaur Footprints
Capturing Dinosaur Footprints

As part of our first practical collaboration with Iconem in Pakistan, Factum Foundation´s Ross Davison and Luke Tchalenko carried out the high-resolution recording of a fossilised dinosaur footprint in motion. The imprint was captured using a combination of systems, including photogrammetry and drone recording. The high-resolution information obtained will be used to make an exact facsimile for the Pakistan Museum of Natural History in Islamabad. While the team recorded these footprints in Pakistan, the BBC reported that vandals damaged an ancient dinosaur footprint in Australia. This sad news demonstrates the obvious need to train local teams and transfer technologies to record heritage in danger.


Joining forces to combat the destruction of Antiquities
Joining forces to combat the destruction of Antiquities

As a member of the core research team, the Factum Foundation has participated in all the Reach roundtables. The Reproduction of Art and Cultural Heritage Project (ReACH) was a research group dedicated to drafting guidelines for recording cultural heritage. ReACH coincides with the 150th anniversary of Henry Cole’s 1867 Convention, which helped usher in a period where museums actively engaged in the creation of reproductions of objects from around the world. The document is inspiring in its clarity, practicality and openness to the creation and sharing of reproductions. Read it here.


Digitizing Antonio Canova's work

The Civic Museum of Bassano del Grappa has partnered with the Factum Foundation to digitize the work of Antonio Canova. The collaboration began with the digitization of Canova´s Three Graces using a combination of recording techniques including photogrammetry and a white light scanning. The Foundation will continue to digitize more than 2000 donated by Giambattista Sartori, the brother of the sculptor. The aim of this project is to promote the study and access to drawings that under normal circumstances cannot be exhibited to the public because of conservation issues.


In the Media
In the Media

Recently, various news outlets have published stories about the different projects carried out by the Foundation. On December 3rd, the programme Guardians of Heritage of the German History Channel broadcast a show about our use of technology and craftsmanship to help save heritage. Newsweek, CNN, PBS and El Pais have also written reports and videos about the Foundation´s projects. See what they said about our work.


Factum Foundation has returned to Chad
Factum Foundation has returned to Chad

Ferdinand Saumarez Smith and Arthur Prior have returned from a three week expedition in the Tibesti region of Northern Chad, continuing Factum Foundation's collaboration with the Trust for African Rock Art (TARA) to document prehistoric rock art sites in the region. For further details of Factum Foundation's work with TARA see: http://africanrockart.org/


Visit "Scanning Seti" in Basel
Visit "Scanning Seti" in Basel

Scanning Seti: The Regeneration of a Pharaonic Tomb is exhibited at the Antikenmuseum Basel and will remain on view until May 6th, 2017. Scanning Seti is a presents the evolution of the tomb of Seti I since its discovery in 1817 by Giovanni Battista Belzoni to the present day. The exhibition features a full recreation of the Hall of Beauties as it looked in 1817 based on Giovanni Battista Belzoni´s famous watercolours. The public can also walk through a 1:1 facsimiles of rooms I and J. These replicas incorporate the facsimiles of fragments removed from the original tomb in the XIX century and now preserved at the Louvre, the British Museum, the Archeological Museum in Florence, and the Pergamon Museum.

Discover the exhibition Scanning Seti: The Regeneration of a Pharaonic Tomb. or click here to learn how these facsimiles were made.


View and Protect Assyrian Winged Lions
View and Protect Assyrian Winged Lions

The exhibition Nineveh: Heart of an Ancient Empire at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden has on view two Lamassu re-materialized by the Foundation. The originals were recorded at the British Museum in 2014. The Lamassu will be donated after the exhibition to the Ashurbanipal Library in the University of Mosul, as a gift from the British Museum, the Rijksmuseum and Factum Foundation to replace the plaster casts donated in 2014 and destroyed or sold by IS. See how these Winged Lions were digitized and re-materialized.


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