William Blake's Cottage Virtual Tour

  • Naomi Billingsley (Other)

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William Blake's Cottage Virtual Tour

I was commissioned by the Big Blake Project, based in Bognor Regis, to curate a virtual tour of the 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 produced by photographer Jason Hedges. The project was jointly funded by the Big Blake Project and a grant from West Sussex County Council and Arun District Council.

My role as curator was to identify a theme for each space, devise a scheme of images to include, and write the texts that introduce each space and selected images.
Period2017 → …
Event typeOther


  • William Blake
  • Virtual Reality
  • public engagement

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • John Rylands Research Institute and Library