Purpose

The overall purpose of the visual model is to make it possible for us to explore the physical setting for worship and preaching at St Paul’s Cathedral during John Donne’s tenure as Dean of the Cathedral. While acts of worship and preaching have their generic components, they, nevertheless, are both site- and occasion-specific, grounded in the visual and acoustic characteristics of the spaces in which they were performed, in the scripts for their performance provided by the Book of Common Prayer, and by the social and educational backgrounds of the clergy and their congregations.

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Even though we have been tempted to hide a Tardis somewhere in our model, we do need to emphasize that this is not an exercise in time travel.

The Cathedral Project’s churchyard model is, instead, about using data visualization to organize and synthesize the available evidence into a coherent representation so we can gain a sense of perspective on the spaces in which important events took place, then explore that space for information about what the space might tell us about the significance of what took place there.