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Cultural Heritage in Wales Preserved with Laser Scanning

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Cultural Heritage Preserved with 3D in Wales

A digital cultural heritage restoration project has commissioned a 3D laser scan of Merthyr Tydfil the oldest surviving synagogue in Wales.

From an article in Nation-CYMRU.

Merthyr Tydfil Synagogue has been recorded for posterity to millimetre accuracy because of a project by Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Heritage.

The work undertaken on the Grade II listed building is the first step in a long-term project led by the Foundation for Jewish Heritage to restore the site and create a Welsh Jewish Heritage Centre.

The unique building was identified as among the most important 16 synagogues at risk in Europe after a survey by the organisation in 2017.

Wessex Archaeology was commissioned to carry out a comprehensive laser scan of the exterior and interior, a technology which uses lasers to take millimetre accurate 3D measurements of every part of a building’s surface and its environs.

This data has been used to create plans and elevation drawings of the building and will be archived in the RCAHMW’s National Monuments Record of Wales as a permanent record of the synagogue.

The data can also be used to form the basis for 3D modelling and there are future plans by the project partners to create a virtual reconstruction of the synagogue as it was before it closed in 1983.

For the complete article on preserving Jewish cultural heritage in Wales using 3D laser scanning CLICK HERE.

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