Virtual St Stephens: Revealing the Lost Chapel of Westminster

September 2016 saw the culmination of the AHRC-funded ‘Virtual St Stephens’ project at a conference in the Palace of Westminster, London.

The three-year project was led by Dr John Cooper and Professor Tim Ayers of the University of York’s History and History of Art departments, and involved the Palace of Westminster, the History of Parliament Trust and the Institute of Historical Research, as well as the research and technical team at C&C.

The project utilised the latest in digital reconstruction research and technology to create a 3D computer model of St Stephen's chapel, the fabulously-elaborate former royal chapel which became the first permanent home of the House of Commons. The chapel/Commons chamber was lost in the fire of 1834, and our reconstruction particularly emphasises both the elaborate 14th-century interior of the chapel and Wren’s 17th century remodelling.

Touchscreens guide visitors through the life of the chapel, and were unveiled in the Palace of Westminster at the project’s conference on 19th and 20th September.

A short film illustrating the work of the project is available to view on BBC iPlayer here: