20 Mar 2024 13:00-16:00 Meeting point: front steps of Cambridge University Library, West Rd, Cambridge CB3 9DR


Walking with Constable is a university-wide research project led by Cambridge Digital Humanities, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge University Library, which has been exploring how we can use digital technologies to take archive material out of museums and libraries and interact with it in the landscape. On this ‘Cambridge Edition’ we’ll experience how we’ve been doing this by using sites in Cambridge as a surrogate for the locations in the Dedham Vale where painter John Constable grew up and worked. We’ll also look at some material created by an amateur artist who lived and worked in Cambridge around the time Constable was working. By using augmented reality, we can also think about how the local landscape has changed since this time, as we experience how the natural environment has changed thanks to the observational journals of Oliver Rackham (1939-2015), and explore evidence of how the built environment has developed.

Walkers should meet their guide on the steps of the University Library, ready to depart at 1pm.


Elenor Ling (Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and CDH Associate)

Andy Corrigan (Digital Library Co-ordinator at Cambridge University Library and CDH Associate)


Please note this is a guided walking tour which requires a moderate level of fitness and may not suitable for children. The recommended age group is: young adults and adults. For further information on accessibility, please contact comms.events@cdh.cam.ac.uk

This event is part of the Cambridge Festival 2024.

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