Transport yourself back up to a thousand years and explore historical buildings as they may have appeared in the past.
Built using the popular game development tool Unity, these reconstructions allow you to walk around medieval buildings as they may have appeared in the past.
These reconstuctions should work on the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge for Windows 10 (tested on version 25.10586.0.0)
Explore a virtual motte and bailey castle. There are two versions available, a simplified version for slower computers and a more detailed version for faster computers.
Explore a virtual Norman keep consisting of three complete floors and a fourth gallery passage.
Explore a virtual Stokesay Castle, an excellent example of a fortified manor house.
Explore a virtual siege landscape and find information about the common medieval siege engines.
Explore a virtual UK landscape.
It is the year 1370. Explore a virtual reconstruction of Etal Castle in Northumberland.
Built using the popular game development tool Unity, these reconstructions allow you to walk around medieval buildings as they may have appeared in the past. Please take time to install the Unity plug-in and explore these reconstructions.
Please Note: Support for the Unity 3D Web Player is being removed in Google Chrome and is not supported in the Windows 10 Edge browser. Currently the plug-in should work in Firefox and IE 11. To run IE 11 on Windows 10 ask Cortana to find Internet Explorer.
These reconstructions are being redeveloped so they should work in all web browsers that support WebGL.
You need a cake for your mother's birthday. Ask Arabella to make a cake for your mother. She, and the other members of the village, will give you a series of quests to perform before the cake can be made.
Explore a medieval abbey and talk to the monks and other visitors about their duties, lives and the buildings.
Hall keeps were very common and most Norman barons and Saxon thegns depended on the protection they gave. These hall keeps needed to be large enough to house not only the baron's family, but his supporters and their animals. Inside, the hall keeps looked like large barns with huge posts supporting the roof.
A large fire was situated at the centre of the hall away from any wood that could catch alight. The smoke would rise into the rafters and exit through a small hole in the roof above or through a gap at the end of the hall.
One of the most important types of building in the time of William the Conqueror and William Rufus were the Norman keeps. Although many were rebuilt in the following century there are many good examples still remaining. The White Tower in London (pictured left), Dover and Rochester in the south east, Newcastle, Appleby, Carlisle, Brough, Richmond in the north are all examples of this type of castle. Other examples include Portchester, Guilford, Goodrich, Norwich, Castle Rising, Hedingham and Colchester.
A keep was also known as a donjon, a French word. This word was probably altered over the years and its meaning changed so now the word dungeon means a small room used as a prison.
From medieval times through to the modern day the Church has inspired people to visit religious sites. These included taking the long journey to Rome or further to the Holy Land and Jerusalem. The people who undertook such journeys are called Pilgrims. For those pilgrims who could not travel such large distances cathedrals and abbeys served the same purpose. By containing the remains of important religious people and the relics of saints they became the focus of pilgrimages. Especially if miracles took place. It was thought that the sick could be cured by visiting the site where these remains were held.
Talk to a medieval person and find out about life in a medieval village. Find out about medieval people ate and drank and what they did for work. Find out about the village they lived in and the lord of the manor.
Hopefully coming early 2017 - Walk around a reconstruction of a medieval theatre.
VRML (Virtual Reality Modelling Language) is a file format for representing 3D interactive graphics on the Web. This technology has been superseded by newer technologies but a few example can be seen by following the link below.