Welcome to Emotions3D, an online collection of cultural heritage artefacts from UK museums which are viewable in full three-dimensional rotation. The objects in this collection range chronologically from the middle ages to 1850, and have been carefully annotated with content that tells their unique emotional histories.

The Emotions3D project helps us to understand how people throughout history responded to the material world around them, and how emotions and objects significantly shaped lives and communities of the past. The project examines objects in terms of their relationships with fear, love, joy and sadness, as well as more complex concepts such as anticipation, empathy and nostalgia. It also reflects on whether emotional and affective reactions to objects changed over time, and how we understand and relate to objects as three-dimensional ‘virtual’ artefacts today.

The Emotions3D project was led by Dr Jane-Heloise Nancarrow, and curated by researchers based at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the University of Western Australia, in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Stirling Smith Gallery and Museum, the St Bartholomew Hospital Archives, Keats’ House and the British Museum.

To view the 3-D objects, see The Collection. For more information on Emotions3D, see About the Project.