The Big Blake Project, based in Bognor Regis, has released an online virtual tour of William Blake’s 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 commissioned by the Big Blake Project; it was produced by photographer Jason Hedges, and curated by Naomi Billingsley. The project was jointly funded by the Big Blake Project and a grant from West Sussex County Council and Arun District Council.
The William Blake’s Cottage Virtual Tour is included in the Blake Fest exhibition at Bognor Library, which runs until 7 October (open 2-5pm, Thursday-Saturday). Other showings will be announced soon; the tour can also be viewed online.