To support the care of the important collections and improve visitor experience at the Thackray Medical Museum, our geospatial surveying experts provided high resolution laser scans and digital elevation drawings of a challenging Grade II listed Victorian Gothic style building in Leeds.
The Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds is the only museum of its kind in the North of England housing exhibits that take visitors through the history of medicine. Its home is an impressive, Grade II Listed building known to have been a former Leeds Union Workhouse, first opened in 1861. Today it houses 3 floors of exhibition space, offices, conferencing, education rooms, dining and storage space.
The museum needed to address a number of maintenance and refurbishment issues.This included internal alterations as well as repairs to the roof and relocation of a cafe, toilets and seating area. Our geospatial specialists carried out a full measured building survey on all floor areas plus roof plans, building elevations and a topographic survey of external areas. This provided the museum with all the information they needed ahead of any work.
Surveying the museum presented us with a number of challenges not least because the building welcomes high numbers of visitors each day including school trips and conferences. Public areas of the building are generally full of exhibits whilst the extensive storage rooms are predominantly full of archived material/objects. The building also has a number of ornate facades, constructed in Victorian Gothic style. However none of these problems was insurmountable as we utilised a range of data capture techniques to overcome the challenges presented.
We were able to use a ZEB Revo hand held mobile scanner to survey the internal areas of the museum producing a 3D representation at walking speed. This ensured that all areas were surveyed comprehensively and quickly for post-processing and extraction of floor plan drawings.
All internal floor areas were surveyed out-of-hours to ensure that the impact of our works on the operations of the museum were minimised.
For the survey of the facades we used a tripod mounted laser scanner that enabled survey at very high resolution. Using the scan data we were able to digitise elevation drawings quickly, efficiently and at the very high level of detail required and allowing the museum to go ahead with their much needed improvement plans.