Learn Digital Explorations Project Contents About the project Project outcomes Training workshops Participant's profile Meet the Trainers Partners and funders About the Digital Explorations Project June 2020-23 This dynamic new project, funded by the Rothschild Foundation, National Heritage Lottery Fund and National Paralympic Heritage Trust (NPHT) with support from Heart of Bucks will see a group of participants from local disability organisations trained on the use of 3D photography, sports journalism and history research. For those wanting to take it further there will be the opportunity to deliver this training in schools workshops in a paid capacity. This work will play an important role in the building of digital resources for worldwide access to the work of the NPHT. Project outcomes Alongside a pool of skilled 3D museum photographers the Project will create an online 3D gallery of collections for the NPHT website and a series of collection e-books. Below is an example of 3D photography of an object from the Paralympic heritage collection. View our evolving 3D gallery here Bust of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann by NPHT on Sketchfab Trainers Ben and Rupert from Ursae Ltd, were involved in a previous project creating a 3D scan of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby player, Captain Chris Ryan's sports wheelchair Training workshops April 2022 Update A third cohort of participants have joined the project and in February received training from our professional 3D digital model makers. This takes the total to 16 people who have been involved in the project and been trained in these new skills. We have reached our project target, of scanning nearly 50 objects from the museum collection and are very grateful for the loan of some objects too. Recently, we scanned some items loaned from a volunteer 'Gamesmakers’ at the London 2012 Games. We are now working on editing the models so that they can be published on the website, completing historical research and writing museum labels. Our participants have completed some excellent research and well-written labels for the objects. Plans are being made with exhibition designers to incorporate the 3D models, research and photographs into a co-curated virtual exhibition. Participant's profile Project participant, Simon Stiel About Simon I’m Simon, 35 years old and I’m a History and Politics graduate from Queen Mary, University of London. I’ve worked in both the for profit and charity sector. Before the project I was a Media Executive at Cision and worked in Canary Wharf, London. Aside from living in London for University, I’ve lived in Buckinghamshire for all of my life. I was born in High Wycombe, raised in Great Kingshill initially and then moved to Great Missenden in July 1993 which was a year after my brother Oliver was born. Interests Dog-walking, taekwondo, quizzing, motorsport, genealogy, hiking, running, cycling, doing charity events. Why you joined the project? I learned about it via my Autism Bucks group and I thought it would be a worthwhile thing to do. I was looking for another opportunity as my job role at Cision had been made redundant so I was keen to try this. I’ve also enjoyed heritage and history since I was a child so a project centred around that would always be of interest. I also enjoyed the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. So all those factors combined made the project a great opportunity for me. I didn’t hesitate to say yes. What does the project entail? It was a stage by stage process. Having emails and Zoom meetings describing what the project involved, schedules for completion. When COVID struck the UK and the guidelines for lockdown were introduced in March 2020, the Zoom sessions continued and we did tasks like writing captions for museum exhibits and having sessions with Ben Ryan and Rupert Todd of Ursae, sessions with a News Associates school of journalism staff member from Wimbledon and with a wedding photographer. How did you find the different tasks? Really enjoyable. When we were able to go to Stoke Mandeville itself to work with Ben and Rupert to scan objects, learning to work with the software I’ll admit being nervous. When I get nervous my motor skills suffer and I struggle with practical tasks as I have done in the past. Working with Ben and Rupert in June 2021 was great as I proved to myself that I could do such things and do work that Ben and Rupert were happy with. What have you learnt? I have learned that I can do more things that I initially think I can’t do. Learned to be more confident in myself and my abilities. What have you most enjoyed? I’ve enjoyed all of it. The scanning, photography lessons, the Meet the Paralympian events, the Youtube talk with U.S Paralympian ice hockey player, the Walk the Plank workshop for the Heritage Flame ceremony in August 2021 and the visits from school children in 2022. I’ve also enjoyed spending time and working with the others in the group. I have struggled to get on with and meet people in my generation. The generation is millennial. The chats during lunch and elsewhere have been fun as well as well as doing the Santa Christmas float for Christmas 2021. What have you been most surprised by? I’ve been most surprised by what can happen when you get involved with something. I never thought I would be at a Heritage Flame ceremony at Stoke Mandeville to launch the Tokyo Games and Channel Four would be present filming with presenter Kathy Newman there as well. What does the Paralympic story mean to you? It means learning and growth. Learning about other people, their struggles and the help they got to carry on with life and find something they find fulfilling. Growth too. Growth of how the Games progressed from an event in 1948, to hosting a team from the Netherlands in 1952 to becoming an international sporting event we now watch today. Before joining the project, I knew about the venues and the history of the Games. My view has certainly got better and more knowledgeable of how important Stoke Mandeville and its surrounding area was to the birth of the Games and filling in at the last-minute to host the 1984 Summer Paralympics. Your favourite object The Romulus and Remus gift to Ludwig Guttmann by his Italian counterparts. Given to him in 1962. It’s my favourite because I enjoyed Classical Civilisation at school. Romulus and Remus are part of Roman history and their tale is about finding support when in circumstances of great danger and vulnerability. I also love the design of the gift and the detail of the wolf looking after the baby twins as they suckle her. Your experience of scanning the objects I don’t think scanning the objects is easy as it requires great concentration and physical flexibility. So scanning the objects has shown me the importance of physical activity and sport so I can keep flexible to scan objects. Some objects are hung from the ceiling and in order to get all of it, you have to crouch down or lie on the floor. Meet the Trainers Rupert Todd and Ben Ryan, Ursae Ltd Our trainers Rupert Todd and Ben Ryan are both award winning designers and craftsmen who specialise in creating unique items, using a mixture of cutting edge technology and traditional making skills. With over 30 years combined experience in Computer Aided Design (CAD), engineering and manufacture, the duo have helped create and deliver projects for a vast range of clients from individuals and Trusts to Royalty. They have produced everything from pieces of jewellery and homeware, to interior design projects and public art installations. Their work has been exhibited internationally and at the V&A, and examples can be found on permanent display in the National Museum of Wales, and on the site of William Shakespeare’s family home ‘New Place’ in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Since setting up their companies Ursae Ltd and Wax-Masters Ltd in 2013, the pair has also helped train a wide cross section of students and apprentices in both industrial and academic environments; tutoring mainly for Simply Rhino UK and The Goldsmiths’ Company apprenticeship programme. With expert knowledge of software such as Rhino 3D (versions 3,4,5 & 6), Rhino Gold, Rhino CAM, Blender, ZBrush, V-Ray, Arion Render and Grasshopper, they have helped newcomers to these packages feel at ease when learning and developing their skills. Working with 3D printers, 3D scanners and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) milling machines educationally and within their CAD bureau service, they have helped others acquire the necessary skill set to create high quality files for use within this technological field. Ben Ryan: After creating a replica of the first Paralympic medal, for the Guttmann Centres Heritage Museum, it became apparent that some of our technical knowledge and skills set could be usefully for the new Digital Explorations Project. Rupert Todd: Being used to delivering industry standard training for both novice and advanced software users we felt we could help give people with mixed abilities some new skills that they may wish to pursue further into a career. Being able to help capture pieces of sporting history and art is an exciting prospect. Many of the objects we will help the participants of the digital exploration programme scan and capture will be important and iconic items. Ben Ryan: To be involved with a project focused around giving people a creative or technical skill/outlet is really important to us. My brother Chris Ryan captains the GB Wheelchair Rugby Squad, and has been fortunate to find his calling through sport. However not everyone is wired in the same way or fortunate enough to be able to do this. The Guttmann centre and the staff at Stoke Mandeville were crucial in his development as an athlete, and for us to be able to give a little something back and help others with perhaps a more creative or technical passion is a great thing to be a part of. Examples of some of Ryan & Todd’s creations can be found on their company website: www.ursae.com Partners and Funders About the Rothschild Foundation Impact Grant The Rothschild Foundation was established in 2010 and allocates £10 million in grant making annually. This sum is shared equally between the preservation of Waddesdon Manor, where the Foundation is based, and grants for wider public benefit. Lord (Jacob) Rothschild is Chair of the Rothschild Foundation and has been involved extensively in public service and philanthropic support of the arts throughout his lifetime. The Foundation is managed by a board of Trustees, including other members of the Rothschild family, and is run by a small professional staff team. Inspired by Waddesdon’s cultural heritage, the landscaped gardens and farmland of the Waddesdon Estate along with the Rothschild family tradition of support for the local community, the Foundation focuses on policy areas in the arts, the environment and social welfare. The Foundation’s grant-making within Buckinghamshire supports the local third sector through a small grants programme and strategic philanthropy through higher value grants. There is much connection between the two programmes which are informed by the Foundation’s commitment to work collaboratively to increase access to opportunity within Buckinghamshire. For more information about the Rothschild Foundation please contact [email protected] About Heart of Bucks Heart of Bucks is the community foundation for Buckinghamshire; a funding organisation awarding grants and loans to local charities and community groups. Community foundations are dedicated to improving the lives of people in a defined local geographical area. We bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support effective non-profits in their communities. One of the strengths of Heart of Bucks is our unique understanding of the needs of Buckinghamshire. Through research and outreach work we ensure that funding reaches those who need it most and can use it effectively.As one of the largest non-statutory funders in the county, together with our donors, we have supported more than 3,500 community organisations since our first grant payment in 2000. To date, we have distributed over £8.7m in grants and loans across Buckinghamshire. About the National Paralympic Heritage Trust The National Paralympic Heritage Trust (NPHT) are mapping, conserving and making accessible to national audiences, collections and archives relating to the British Paralympic story. In 2019 the NPHT opened a permanent Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the Birthplace of the Paralympic Movement, and are delivering temporary national exhibitions and a virtual museum. The main Trust partners are the British Paralympic Association (BPA), WheelPower and Buckinghamshire Council (BC).