Norwich Blackfriars is by far the most complete and best preserved of England's few surviving medieval friaries and one of the City's most historically important and architecturally striking landmarks. A new website aims to promote awareness and understanding of a potentially confusing complex of buildings that can be overlooked by tourists drawn to the far better-known cathedral and castle.
The nave and a substantial part of the medieval precinct are open to the public, although the lack of a guidebook or short, readily available history of the site poses a challenge to most visitors.
Virtual Past produced high quality 3D computer models showing the medieval construction of the friary, a timeline of significant dates and an easily accessible guide to the site in its historical context. The educational value of the website was further enhanced with a carefully chosen selection of maps, plans, drawings and edited documents (in modern English), along with images of the originals, together with web-links and suggestions for further reading.
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The new website is useful for students, local historians and other specialists while also providing the context which encourages users to visit the site.