The Wooden Dolly has stood watch over Northumberland Square since 1958, but she has now been brought firmly into the 21st Century by the North Shields Heritology Project and local schoolgirls.
Twenty girls from five North Tyneside Primary Schools, who call themselves the Little DigiLadies, visited the Dolly and took over 300 photographs of the statue from all angles using their I-Pads.
These were downloaded and Heritologist volunteer Katy Hackers used Meshroom software to “knit” the photographs together to create a realistic 3D image of the Dolly – a process called Photogrammetry.
As well as learning about the technology, the girls were also given a presentation on the history of the Wooden Dolly by volunteer Charlotte and Trustee Keith.
The creator of the Wooden Dolly was Robert “Mouseman” Thompson – The Mouseman nickname coming from his “trademark” image of a mouse carved into his work, some of which can be seen in his carpentry within St Columba’s Church, as well as on The Dolly itself.
On Tuesday 19th November 2019 we will visit Battle Hill Primary School to present the school girls with Heritology ceritificates … and a few other little surprises!
Check out the Digital Dolly being meshed together