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Demonstrator: Recreating Medieval Gardens

What did medieval gardens look like and how were they used? The garden was central to the functioning of medieval society, celebrated in contemporary literature, art, and music, both for its role as producer of food and medicinal resources, but also as the formal landscape of social interaction and courtly ritual.

Although the garden is crucial to our understanding of the period, we have only minimal information on what medieval gardens actually looked like and how they were used.

Through original research, this international project will enable the visualisation of the medieval garden, enabling scholarly and educational opportunities for faculty and students at all levels. The project draws together a multidisciplinary team of specialists from the communities which study the medieval period and from those concerned with the cutting-edge computational and data techniques necessary to deliver high-quality interactive (and ultimately immersive) experiences simultaneously at sites across WUN and elsewhere. WUNgrid will provide the IT structure and management framework.

This project involves the Universities of Bristol and York in the UK and Penn State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the US.

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