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 initiative by King’s College London academic, Dr Hugh Denard with Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub and Niall O hOisin of NOHO, Jan – April 2011.

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


An EU grant 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 Theatre Royal and Queen’s Theatre.

In 2014 a collaborative project was 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 have documented their research process and outcomes online:

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

image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace