The Virtual St Paul’s Cathedral Project has been blessed from the beginning by an active and hard-working Advisory Committee whose members have provided guidance, raised questions, written letters of support, shared their expertise, and in every way have functioned as exemplary counselors for this project.
Roger Bowers, Reader in Medieval and Renaissance Music (emeritus), Cambridge University
Roze Hentschel, Professor of English, Colorado State University
Gordon Higgott, Historian, English Heritage
Arnold Hunt, Curator of Historical Manuscripts, British Library, London
Malcolm Longair, Professor of Physics (emeritus), Cambridge University
Mary Anne Lund, Associate Professor of English, University of Leicester
Willard McCarty, Professor Emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London
Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church, Oxford University
Damian Murphy, Lecturer in Acoustics, York University
John Schofield, Archaeologist, St. Paul’s Cathedral
Jeanne Shami, Professor of English (emeritus), University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Emanuela Vai, Worcester College, Faculties of History and Music, University of Oxford
Special thanks go to the distinguished John Donne scholar Peter McCullough, whose performances of sermons by Donne at the Chapel of St John’s College, Cambridge, and at the annual Conference of the John Donne Society in the early 2000’s demonstrated the power and importance of experiencing Donne’s sermons delivered as well as read.
Special thanks also go to the distinguished digital humanist Bernard Frischer, a pioneer in visual modeling. When Dr Frischer was Head of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) at the University of Virginia in the early 2000’s, he met with Dr Wall, who at that time had had several applications for funding to support the digital recreation of St Paul’s Cathedral and its Churchyard rejected by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Dr Frischer was generous with his time and knowledge. We discussed at length the processes through which he had developed the pioneering digital model Rome Reborn and how they might apply to the modeling of St Paul’s Cathedral. “Yes,” he said, you can create this model, and here’s how.”
And then he said, “And you can hear it too.” And that has made all the difference.