Thursday, May 1, 2014

Paul's Cross Reviewed on the Not Even Past Blog

The Virtual Paul's Cross Project has been reviewed on the blog Not Even Past, from the  Public History program at the University of Texas, in Austin.
The notice adds up to a real albeit short review of the project. 
Read it here:

Here's one of the summary statements: 
The Virtual Paul’s Cross Project transforms the text of a speech into a dynamic performance of religious, political, and social meaning. Users can approximate the experience of history unfolding in real time by using more of their senses: listening and looking, and locating themselves in a virtual space. 
By reenacting the varied sounds of November 5, 1622, this multi-sensory project illuminates the varied social experience of seventeenth-century England. Despite the pageantry and ceremony surrounding it, Donne’s sermon was nothing more than background noise or a few snatched phrases to many ordinary Londoners.  
The Virtual Paul’s Cross Project elegantly reminds us that there is no one way to hear, see or understand a historical event. It all depends on where you’re sitting.
Glad to get this kind of recognition.

Virtual Paul's Cross in the Journal of Digital Humanities

John Wall has published an essay on some of the outcomes from the Virtual Paul's Cross Project in the latest issue  (spring 2014) of the Journal of Digital Humanities, here:

“Transforming the Object of our Study: The Early Modern Sermon and the Virtual Paul’s Cross Project"


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Virtual Paul's Cross Project and the Map of Early Modern London

The Map of Early Modern London Project has established links to the Virtual Paul's Cross Project, describing the VPCP as providing "an excellent sense of space, proportion, and acoustics in London."

Thanks to the MoEML for these kind words. We will return the favor and link to it from the VPCP website.

Monday, April 21, 2014

VPCP at the University of London Now On Line

The presentations that John Schofield and John Wall made to the Digital Humanities Seminar of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London on February 18th, 2014, are now on line, see above.

Virtual Paul's Cross Project Publications

John N Wall has published two essays on the Virtual Paul's Cross Project in recent months.

His essay "Virtual Paul’s Cross: The Experience of Public Preaching after the Reformation,”
was published in Paul’s Cross and  the Culture of Persuasion in England, 1520–1640, ed. Torrance Kirby and P.G. Stanwood (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2014), pp. 61 – 92.

This essay is based on Wall's paper at a conference entitled Paul’s Cross and the Culture of Persuasion, 1520 – 1640, held at McGill University in Montrealin the summer of 2012.

Wall has also published “Recovering Lost Acoustic Spaces: St. Paul's Cathedral and Paul's Churchyard in 1622.” In Digital Studies/Le Champ Numérique (Proceedings of the SDH-SEMI 2012 Conference). (

This essay is based on Wall's paper of the same title delivered at the Conference in the Society for the Digital Humanities in Waterloo, Canada, also in 2012.