York Minster

During the first phase of York Minster Revealed, a major five year restoration and exhibition project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), we were commissioned to design and develop three interactive exhibits interpreting and supporting the ongoing restoration work.

Two large scale touchscreens explored the traditional crafts of stained glass and masonry.

At the Glaziers table visitors could recreate panels from the Great East Window, first selecting a design to work from and working through the many stages of template making, glass cutting, coloring and lead framing to produce the completed panel. The large tabletop touchscreen provided a real scale interactive working space with atmospheric visual effects.

The Masons interactive table allowed visitors to shape a virtual block of stone into an architectural feature or a grotesque figure statue of their own design. Innovative use of 3D rendering enabled the stonework to be viewed from multiple angles to demonstrate the complicated shapes involved.

We also created an interactive visual archive of the panels in the Great East Window. Touchscreens positioned within the Minster in front of the window encouraged investigation of the designs, providing access to detailed views and storyline descriptions. This presented the stained glass panels within a clear an intuitive interface that could be updated with new imagery as the panels were restored.

Exhibition designer: Mather & Co.

The Glaziers touchscreen table

The Glaziers touchscreen table

A grab from the Masons interactive table

A grab from the Masons interactive table

A grab from the interactive panels in the Great East Window

A grab from the interactive panels in the Great East Window