Posted on 29 August 2012
Internet Archaeology is very pleased to announce the publication of "Visualising the Guild Chapel, Stratford-upon-Avon: digital models as research tools in buildings archaeology" by Kate Giles, Anthony Masinton and Geoff Arnott in Issue 32.
This article is Open Access, made possible by the generous support of the Departmental Research Committee, Department of Archaeology, University of York and disseminates the results of a programme of detailed archaeological survey and archive research on one of Europe's most important surviving late-medieval Guild Chapels — that of the Holy Cross Guild, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK.
Today the building is part of Stratford-upon-Avon's tourist trail, located directly opposite William Shakespeare's home, 'New Place'. However, its archaeological and historical significance has been overlooked owing to the extensive restoration of the building in the 19th and 20th centuries. This destroyed evidence for an internationally significant scheme of wall paintings within the Chapel, paid for by the London Mayor and Stratford-upon-Avon merchant, Hugh Clopton, an important member of the Holy Cross Guild and the original builder of 'New Place'. The paintings also have an important connection with Stratford-upon-Avon's most famous son, William Shakespeare, whose father may have been involved in their destruction and removal during the 16th century.
Research has revealed the significance of the Guild Chapel through the creation of a digital model and textual paradata, which form the focus of the article. This is a ground-breaking example of the way in which digital technologies can be harnessed within the arts and humanities more widely.