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Anatomical Museum launches 3D app

The University has recently released a free 3D app that takes users on a virtual tour of the Anatomical Museum.

A screen shot of the entrance foyer within the Anatomical Museum with the skeleton of two juvenile elephants.

Work on the app was commissioned by Professor Gordon Findlater to make the collection more accessible, allowing users to view areas not usually open to the public. Paul Clark, Head of College IT for Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, was also instrumental in the planning and funding of the project. The Anatomical Museum and its contents are due to be moved from the Old Medical School in Teviot Place to The Royal College of Surgeons on Nicholson Street.

The study of anatomy in Edinburgh will forever be linked to the Burke and Hare murders. Download the app and Burke’s skeleton will be yours to inspect. Hare was of course released without charge after giving evidence against his friend, but the museum has a life mask of his face as part of a collection that used to belong to the Edinburgh Phrenological Society. From pickled brains in the cellar to the abundance of skulls and preserved foetuses in the skull room, there is plenty to explore, all in 3D.

The app itself was built by a local company called Luma 3Di. The University's Project Services department provided project management support in the coordination and planning between MVM and Luma, as well as in marketing and communication. News of the app's release was featured on the BBC and in the Scotsman newspaper. 

Free download

The 'Edinburgh Anatomical Museum' app  is currently available for iOS and Android devices, with a Windows version due for release later in the summer.