Scanning the Horizons project – exploring the collections in 3D

The Scottish Maritime Museum hold’s Scotland’s maritime collection with emphasis on shipbuilding. Spread across two sites, in Irvine and Dumbarton, the Museum holds significant collections of vessels, art, photographs, machine tools and archives.

The Museum’s main site is in Irvine in the magnificent A-Listed 1872 engine shop of shipbuilders Stephens of Linthouse, which was dismantled in Glasgow and rebuilt in Irvine in 1991.

The Museum’s second site is the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank – built in 1883 this is the world’s oldest commercial testing tank, with a water tank 100 metres long used for testing ship models.

In 2018 the museum began a programme of 3D digitisation of its collection. By using 3D technology, they are bringing their collection closer to the public, engaging audiences from all around the world to explore it digitally. Have a look at their online 3D gallery and learn about their collection!