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Matthew Paris

Matthew Paris's illustrated journey to the Holy Land

This interactive allows visitors to see the pages of the manuscript in the original book context, and then animated in 3D, cut into sections and arranged into the reading order devised by Paris.

Visitors then swipe the touch-screen to travel along the journey themselves. They can stop to read about key points along the journey and find out more about the techniques Paris used. One of the techniques was to attach flaps that 'popped' out to show additional maps, and inspired by this, we digitally 'pop-up' each of the key points on the journey as it is travelled.

In some ways Paris's manuscript is a medieval 'satnav' and we use this idea to give visitors a more familiar and intuitive method of navigating the complex arrangement of the journey drawn on the pages of the manuscript.

In the exhibition, this interactive sits next to the beautiful and fascinating pages of the manuscript. This encourages visitors to see both and gain additional insight into the physical aspects of the manuscript as well as an understanding of how to interpret and 'read' the real object on display in a way that would be hard to achieve using other media.

 

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