Ely Cathedral

Project dates: 
2016 - August 2017

Phase 1 - Autumn/Winter 2016

Christianity & Culture worked in partnership with Ely Cathedral during late 2016 to develop an official guidebook-style phone app that would allow visitors explore and better understand the building and its history.

Four unique trails (Tour, Children's Tour, Story of Etheldreda and a Tour of the Monastic Precinct) present over 1300 years of worship, art and architecture, and detail the lives of truly remarkable people. The app aimed to provide people with the opportunity to create their own 'pilgrimages' around the cathedral and develop a more meaningful association with the building.

Phase 2 - Spring 2017

The second phase of this ongoing partnership continues the development of new visitor resources for the Cathedral. This second stage of work aims to help visitors of all ages engage with the cathedral space and understand more about its monastic history as well as its spiritual significance, historically and today.

An interesting aspect of this phase of development builds upon the curriculum-based school-group work undertaken by Ely Cathedral to find creative ways of engaging young visitors with the many aspects of history and present life, from its changing architecture to role of worship in the cathedral space.

Four touchscreens displaying 3D modelling, old photographs, prints and reconstruction drawings will give visitors an overview of the Cathedral’s development through time, with key events and spaces highlighted in the touchscreen model to give visitors the opportunity to engage with as much of the Cathedral’s life and history as possible.

Throughout the project, the research and technical team at Christianity & Culture have been undertaking rigorous academic research to discover what is truly known about the Cathedral’s history, and bring this history to life for visitors of all ages.