William Blake’s Cottage Virtual Tour

The Big Blake Project, based in Bognor Regis, has released an online virtual tour of William Blake’s Cottage in Felpham, West Sussex, where William and Catherine Blake lived between the Septembers of 1800 and 1803.

Using 360° photography, the tour provides an immersive experience designed to be viewed via virtual reality goggles, but can be accessed on a web browser on any computer, tablet or smartphone.

The tour includes six viewing zones: four rooms and the stairwell inside the house, and the garden. Each area is populated with images from Blake’s works. Those inside the house are all related to his time in Felpham; those in the garden reflect Blake’s interest in the pastoral.

Each zone in the tour also features musical settings of Blake’s poetry, composed by Lucien Posman, by kind permission of the composer.

An introduction to each zone explains the theme and its relevance to Blake’s time in Felpham. Viewers can also read more about selected images that appear in each zone.

The tour was commissioned by the Big Blake Project; it was produced by photographer Jason Hedges, and curated by Naomi Billingsley. The project was jointly funded by the Big Blake Project and a grant from West Sussex County Council and Arun District Council.

The William Blake’s Cottage Virtual Tour is included in the Blake Fest exhibition at Bognor Library, which runs until 7 October (open 2-5pm, Thursday-Saturday). Other showings will be announced soon; the tour can also be viewed online.

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CfP Reminder

RIN members, readers and fellow travellers who are interested in the techniques and process of printing are reminded of two upcoming events, both organised by member Elizabeth Savage of the Institute of English Studies.

Registration is still open for Blocks Plates Stones, to be held at the Courtauld Institute on Thursday, 21 September. The day-long symposium will examine how woodblocks, plates and lithographic stones can be used in print-related research. Registration is £45 standard or £16 with concessions (or £60/£30 for those who wish to attend the evening reception at the British Academy).

The deadline for submissions for papers for Printing Colour 1700-1830, is 1 October. The conference will be held on April 10-11, with an object session on April 12. Transport and accommodation will be funded for all speakers, regardless of where they are based.