The Virtual Paul’s Cross Project enables us to experience the delivery of John Donne’s sermon for Gunpowder Day, November 5, 1622 as an event that unfolds over time on a particular occasion in Paul’s Churchyard, the specific physical location for which it was composed.
To explore the cathedral and its churchyard on this website, go directly to Visual Model. To see the visual model from several angles, go to Fly Around the Visual Model. To explore Paul’s Churchyard as an acoustic space, go directly to Acoustics. To hear Donne’s full sermon, go directly to Hearing the Sermon. To explore the audibility of the sermon, go directly to Audibility. To learn about John Donne, the preacher, go directly to Preacher. To learn about the script for the sermon, go directly to Developing the Script. To learn about the occasion for the sermon, go directly to the Order of Service.
The Virtual Paul’s Cross Project has now been installed in the Teaching and Visualization Lab at NC State’s James B. Hunt Library. This Installation uses the Lab’s array of 10 projectors and 21 speakers to provide a 270 degree seamless wraparound image of Paul’s Churchyard, as well as immersive surround sound for the audio portion of the installation.