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Reconstructing Glastonbury Abbey Church

Posted on 1 July 2016

Christianity and Culture produce digital images to enhance visitor experience

Academics from the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture have helped to produce a series of digital reconstructions depicting how the Anglo-Saxon church on the site of Glastonbury Abbey looked in the eighth century.

Reputedly built on the site of the earliest Christian church in Britain and believed to be the burial place of the legendary King Arthur, Glastonbury Abbey’s rich heritage draws tourists and pilgrims alike, receiving approximately 100,000 visitors per year.

The new images are part of work to reveal research findings to the public and enhance the visitor experience at the internationally-renowned site, bringing the history, heritage and legends to life.

Christianity and Culture have been working with the University of Reading and Glastonbury Abbey on the year-long AHRC-funded project, which is called 'Archaeology, Legend and Public Engagement’.

Dee Dyas, Director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, said: “This has been a challenging and exciting project for us, collaborating with Reading and the Abbey to bring the very complex story of the early history this important site to life.”

An interactive map and the opportunity to explore the recreations will be in-situ at the Abbey’s museum this autumn, with new education resources providing links to the National Curriculum.