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Remembrance of things past: recreating the lost world of medieval pilgrimage to St Thomas Becket in Canterbury

Remembrance of things past: recreating the lost world of medieval pilgrimage to St Thomas Becket in Canterbury

Paper given by Louise Hampson

Delivered at the National Archives and Research Libraries UK ‘Discovering Collections Discovering Communities’ conference, December 2017

The Centre for the Study of Christianity & Culture has recently completed a three-year AHRC funded research project, ‘Pilgrimage and England’s Cathedrals, past and present’, within which we have digitally modelled the four Becket sites within Canterbury Cathedral with which pilgrims would have interacted. Using detailed archival research and animation techniques, we have been able to interrogate the evidence and test hypotheses regarding actual spaces and practice, as well as recreate the rich visual experience of being a pilgrim in that space for the public. This paper presents the processes in the production of those models and the models themselves.

Louise Hampson is Research & Impact Officer at the Centre for the Study of Christianity & Culture, University of York

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