The Abbey Theatre, 1904, created a digital model of the old Abbey Theatre as it was on its opening night, 27th December 1904. This new, three-dimensional model is opening up fresh ways of exploring the stories and histories of the early years of Ireland’s National Theatre.

Digital model of the old Abbey Theatre

Read Getting started… or use the contents and other links in the right-hand margin to explore. Or view images or videos of the completed model.

The Abbey Theatre, 1904 was an an initiative by King’s College London historian, Dr Hugh Denard with Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub and NOHO, Jan – April 2011.

This project implements The London Charter for the Computer-based Visualisation of Cultural Heritage.


An EU grant, 2013-5, on Locating and Performing Irish Theatre History is currently funding the extension of this project. The new project (Lost Theatres of Dublin) will both develop the study of the Old Abbey Theatre and apply a similar approach to Dublin’s Queen’s Theatre and Theatre Royal.

In 2014 and early 2015, two related projects were carried out by MPhil students studying Digital Humanities and Culture at Trinity College Dublin for the module Heritage Visualisation in Action, taught by Dr Hugh Denard. The MPhil students documented their research process and outcomes online through two dedicated websites:

Visualising E.G. Craig’s Screens at the Old Abbey Theatre, by Laura Downing, Michael Kavanagh, Gráinne Kelly, Clare Rogers, Zhilong Wang, and Siyao Zhou (Feb – April, 2014)

Queen’s Theatre Dublin, Heritage Visualisation in Action Class Project 2015 by Chris Beausang, Kate Bedford, Sarah Conroy, Holly Cooper, Tony Dolan, Jane McDonald, and Emily Thomas (Feb – April, 2015).

image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace