May 17, 2022

A Project to Digitise and Catalogue the UK’s National Sculpture Collection Announced (Approx. 170,000 Sculptures)

From Art UK:

Art UK is delighted to announce a major new project to catalogue the UK’s national sculpture collection. This ambitious initiative will see around 170,000 sculptures from inside public collections and outdoors in the nation’s streets and squares being shown on the website by 2020. No other country has attempted such a comprehensive digitisation of its national sculpture collection.

The UK’s national sculpture collection is drawn from all over the world – a truly global collection and arguably the greatest in existence. However, a significant proportion is not on display and little of it is photographed. Many public monuments are not fully recorded and are at risk.


This three-year project will focus on sculpture of the last thousand years. All objects will be recorded and most will be photographed, some in 3D.


Funding for the project is being provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, the Scottish Government and a range of large and small grant-giving trusts, and over 70 individual and corporate donors.

Read the Complete Announcement

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