Showcase | Bishops Palace, Wells

Bishops Palace

Challenge

Wells is one of the UK’s most important ecclesiastical sites, but the Bishop’s Palace has a complex architectural history that is not always easy for the visitor to interpret. Parts of the palace buildings date back to the thirteenth century and the site was continually re-developed and adapted by the Bishops of Bath and Wells. As is the case with many medieval buildings that are still in use today, communicating this long history represents a considerable challenge.

Aims

  • To tell the story of the Bishop’s Palace at Wells from prehistory to the present day.

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Bishops Palace
Bishops Palace
Bishops Palace
Bishops Palace
Bishops Palace
Bishops Palace

Solution

The connecting thread throughout the palace’s history lies in its name and the well pools in the palace grounds provide the starting point for a virtual tour from prehistory to the present day. The history of the palace is re-told through the use of water over the centuries, ranging from the creation of the moat in the fourteenth century, the building of a new well house in the fifteenth and the design of the nineteenth-century water garden.

Get in touch

Virtual Past
Earlham Road
Norwich
NR4 7TJ

01603 591580

info@virtualpast.co.uk

Result

The animation is projected onto the floor of the medieval underground in the oldest part of the palace, with the visitor given the impression that they are looking down a well. Changes of perspective, lighting and in the weather conditions are all used to communicate different phases in the palace’s history.