BBC Radio Leicester interview on new 3D Reconstruction of a Wren / Hawksmoor design for the Sir John Moore School

BBC Radio Leicester’s Dave Andrews took time out of his “Talking History” show to interview De Montfort University’s Dr. Douglas Cawthorne about an un-built design for the Sir John Moore School  in Appleby Magna by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor. This design is being re-created in 3D by the Digital Building Heritage group at De Montfort University for the BBC’s “Great British Story” open day at the school on Sunday 8th July 2012, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activity/the-great-british-story-leicestershire-02/occurrence/101020 The drawings for this design have lain for the past 300 years in the Codrington Library of All Soul’s College Oxford and have formed the basis of a highly detailed digital reconstruction of the building revealing how in the  early 1690’s it was at the cutting edge of architectural design. It’s important because the design significantly contributes to the East-Midland’s reputation as a centre for European architectural development in the modern era and illustrates a widespread but short-lived conflict in architectural design, philosophy and politics which took place in Europe, England and America during this period between older renaissance ideas and newer ones emerging from scientific and geographic discoveries. The reconstruction of the Wren / Hawksmoor design will be unveiled to the public for the first time at the BBC event in the Sir John Moore school where there will be the chance to talk with the team who developed it and see the design itself in 3D. You can “listen again” to Dave Andrews’s interview with Douglas Cawthorne (00:49:00 – 00:56:00) here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radioleicester/programmes/schedules/2012/07/01

About Douglas Cawthorne

Reader in Digital Heritage at De Montfort University.
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