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Own a piece of Wrexham’s history – replica models of Acton Dog created using 3D technology

There’s a chance for you to take home your very own little piece of Wrexham’s history thanks to work carried out by a team of local engineers.

Sculptures of the iconic Acton Dog have been created by the engineers at Wrexham Glyndwr University using new 3D technology.

The 197 year old dog, which is housed in Wrexham Museum, was 3D scanned by Olivier Durieux and Arfon Hughes. A total of 20 million points of the artefact were taken and used to create the models of the dog.

The four dogs were carved by local joiner James Edwards in 1820 and stood overlooking the gateway to the historic Acton Estate.

Acton Hall was one of the most important houses in Wrexham whose most famous resident was the notorious Hanging Judge Jeffreys.

The gateway to the home gained the name ‘The Dogs’ and later ‘The Four Dogs’ as the greyhounds became a symbol of the town.

Copies of the dogs were produced and still guard the entrance to the Acton Park estate today.

The original dog will always be housed behind glass in Wrexham Museum, however as a result of new 3D technology project, replicate models are now being sold in the museum shop. A larger model will also be produced to educate school groups.

Karen Harris, from Wrexham Museum and Archives, said: “We’ve been exploring ways of bringing some museum objects into the 21st century and as the dog is such an iconic landmark in Wrexham we wanted to have the opportunity to tell people more about him”.

Each dog is just £14.99 or £25.00 for two and is available in 4 different finishes silver, gold, bronze and verdigris.

Contact Wrexham Museum Regent Street tel 01978 297460 or email museum@wrexham.gov.uk

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