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.
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, January – 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 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 March 2014, two related projects were undertaken by MPhil students studying Digital Humanities and Culture at Trinity College Dublin (2013-14), as part of assessed coursework 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 the Original 1904 Ground-floor Vestibule, by Freya Clare Smith
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