Launching July 2022, the Architecture, Building and Planning Library have launched an exciting open access resource that will support teaching and research in the built environment, in addition to making this material more accessible to the public – the Miles Lewis Heritage Building Materials Collection. The objects in the collection were collected by Professor Miles Lewis throughout his career and donated by him to the Architecture, Building and Planning (ABP) Faculty at the University of Melbourne.
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The Miles Lewis Heritage Building Materials Collection consists of over 300 objects ranging from nails to roofing sheets, collected by Professor Miles Lewis throughout his career.
Used by the Architecture, Building and Planning Faculty in its teaching program for many years, the collection provides an insight into common construction materials and techniques in Australia in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
3D scans of the objects enable exploration of their scale and texture (noticing, for example, the thumbprint in one of the bricks) and trace the European influences on Australian architectural methods.