From dig to digital – breaking the ‘rules’ of museums | Scott Hocknull

Check out my virtual 3-D world! It’s mostly extinct. Museum collections worldwide remain hidden from view by the public, kept locked away. We have to change this. We need to listen to the stories of our planet kept by these collections. Using new 3-D technology we can now visualise our vast natural and cultural history collections like never before. Using new and accessible technology we can create amazingly detailed virtual worlds of our past and present, whether it’s an ancient site, an extinct dinosaur, or even your favourite toys from your childhood. The virtual world is the best way to learn about our past, capture our present and imagine our future.

Dr. Scott Hocknull is senior curator of geosciences, a vertebrate palaeontologist and passionate science communicator. He developed his love for natural history at a very young age.

Scott started at the Queensland Museum in 1990 as a 12 year old volunteer, working in the palaeontology and geology department. In secondary school Scott published his first scientific paper, at the time Australia’s youngest published scientific authors. Realising that most of the museum’s collections were hidden from public view, he has been a strong advocate for bringing the behind-the-scenes of museum science to the public. In 2000 he landed his dream job as a palaeontologist for QM, making him the youngest museum curator in Australia at 22. Among many honours, Scott was named Young Australian of the Year in 2002.Scott is passionate about applying new technologies to museum collections so that we can better interpret our natural heritage.