An interactive walk that blurs the lines between modern and medieval Norwich, fact and fiction, faith and science.
Begin your outdoor adventure at Castle Meadow in Norwich any time you like (look for a poster as your starting point) or experience the ‘at home’ version here – https://www.mutiny.org.uk/eleanor/
Human bones have been discovered in Whitefriars in Norwich.
Could they be the mortal remains of the controversial Lady Eleanor Talbot – the woman whose secrets had the power to topple dynasties?
Using a combination of augmented reality software and audio, accessible via a specially-devised web app on your phone, Imogen Hermes Gowar’s interactive walk blurs the lines between modern and medieval Norwich, fact and fiction, faith and science, in pursuit of the real Eleanor Talbot.
As you explore the half-forgotten city of Eleanor’s time – its ruined monasteries and quiet quayside, its new builds jostling with ancient walls – you will discover history in process. Who writes the past, and how? Where do we get our facts from, and what happens when they are disproved? And can cutting-edge science really transform what we know about this overlooked woman?
Follow Imogen Hermes Gowar’s journey as she seeks to bring Eleanor back to life through fiction, historical documents, and the results of extraordinary new archaeological research. Who was Eleanor Talbot? And what really happened to her?
What conclusion will you draw?
Part podcast, part novel, part diary, this groundbreaking combination of historical fiction and archaeological breakthrough invites the ‘reader’ to observe up close and personal the story-writing process. The walk, which can be taken alone or in a group, at any time of day, is brought to life with geolocative AR and an authentic score by early music specialist Jean-Pierre Rasle.
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Imogen Hermes Gowar
Professor Rebecca Stott
Sound Design and Engineering
Jean Pierre Rasle
Imogen Hermes Gowar
AR Technical Advisor
CHASE Researcher & Web Editor
Norfolk Museum Services
Norfolk Museums Service (NMS) is a joint museums service led by Norfolk County Council and supported by the seven city and district councils of Norfolk. NMS operates 10 museums across the County and is also responsible for Museums Development within the East of England. NMS cares for Designated Collections of national and international importance, alongside some of the County’s most important listed buildings and historical monuments.