Taking visitors on an underground journey of archaeological discovery
Following on from the successful design of the Orb installation at the East End Window during Phase 1 of the York Minster Revealed project, Mather & Co was selected to work on Phase 2 of the multi-million pound Revealing York Minster project. We were tasked with taking this very unusual space in the Undercroft and a complicated, multi-layered story and turning it into an accessible, fun and engaging experience for all who visit the Minster.
The exhibition takes visitors on an immersive, 2000-year journey through the development of the Minster’s site from pre-Roman occupation to the creation of the Gothic masterpiece we see today. We designed and developed an interpretative ribbon that sweeps from chamber to chamber linking objects and stories together and complementing the surrounding architecture and foundations. Alongside a mixture of interactivity and media, we commissioned a series of 3D reconstructions of the different spaces in the Minster, which animate, bring the areas to life and help explain the history and roles each space takes in the day-to-day life of the cathedral. The final chamber provides an audio-visual experience, which takes visitors on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Minster.
Dean and Chapter of York Minster
Design & Management