History of Selby objects as online 3D models unveiled

3D image of a terracotta face pot

Winners of the Selby Heritage Action Zone History of Selby in 10 Objects competition are available now as online 3D models.

The 3D scanning of the historical objects has been completed and the objects and Minecraft town are now available online. With the Minecraft build and the object 3D scanning team have created the start of a free, online resource offering the opportunity to examine a small number of star objects in more detail and see the town in a new and creative way – using a modern digital platform for exploring the ancient story of Selby.    

The 3D scans are an exciting new way to explore the town’s history and create a new record of its heritage, an archive that is accessible to all whenever and wherever one chooses.

Cllr Tim Grogan, Lead Member for Health and Culture, explained: “I’d urge everyone to visit the website to see for themselves how these different items can be viewed. The level of detail really does make it feel as though you’re holding them in your hands.

“A digital exhibition like this is a great way to allow people from within the Selby district – and further afield – to see the rich array of artefacts that have been chosen as part of this project. It is absolutely fascinating to see Selby’s history up close.”

View the 3D models.

You can also hear more about the fascinating stories behind some of these star objects by attending a series of talks given by curators, historians and owners:

Grace Chapman and Catherine Keable from Selby Abbey, at 1pm on 25 June, about the Abbey objects and Catherine’s experiences working in our local businesses of Selby.

Secondly, we will hear from Katherine Baxter, curator at Leeds Discovery Centre will be talking about two of the objects held in her museum's collection, the Selby banknote and the Selby seal on June 29th at 1pm.

And  Paula Ware will join us to talk about the Roman Facepots and the dig that found them in Barlby on 22 July at 1pm.

Tickets are available on Eventbright:

Selby Block Party - Favourite Objects from Selby Abbey and local businesses – 25 June


Selby Block Party - The Seal of St Germain and a One Pound Bank Note – 29 June


Selby Block Party - Uncovering Roman Heritage in Selby – 22 July


Recordings of the talks will be published on the Selby District Council High Street Heritage Action Zone website when they are completed.

The model and scans are part of the cultural programme for Selby’s High Street Heritage Action Zone, a four-year programme that will make the town’s historic centre an even more attractive and vibrant place for local people and visitors alike and explore new ways to investigate our heritage.

The project has been made possible by a grant from Historic England and funding by Selby District Council. The High Street Heritage Action Zones Programme is a nationwide initiative designed to secure lasting improvements to historic high streets for the communities who use them.

Our pilot project under the High Street Heritage Action Zone was aiming to bring a more personal level of history and heritage digitally into the public realm, for people to see, learn about and discuss.