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HLF Digital Library

‘Looking Through a Lens’ was a Heritage Lottery funded project based at Kendal Museum, which used pioneering digital technology to preserve collections that possess considerable scientific, educational and social value.

Preserving and presenting the past through digitisation 2014-16.

Our digital imaging scientists Tony Riley and George Platt have captured over 5000 images from the John Hamer and Bill Shaw mineral collections, and from the 19th century Martindale collection of pressed plants.

These collections have never been on public display as a whole, because they are too fragile and cannot be handled.

"The studio was set up to digitise three stunning collections and share their hidden beauty with the community. It is an exciting and pioneering project for Kendal Museum: working with Kendal College, our dedicated team has realised our vision for museum practice in the 21st Century"

Carol Davies AMA
Curator Manager of Kendal Museum

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