Once one of the largest ships in the world, the Grace Dieu was a huge development in medieval shipbuilding technology and stood as an inspiring symbol of power for the King after his famous victory in Agincourt. Unfortunately, the Grace Dieu only made one voyage before being struck by lightning and burnt to the waterline, finally coming to rest at the bottom of the river Hamble…

…Until now

The culmination of a two-year historical and archaeological research project involving leading historians, marine archaeologists and a creative team, The Virtual Museum of the Grace Dieu is an innovative digital platform that aims to engage and encourage people to take a journey through history, and will demonstrate the importance and impact of Henry V and Agincourt in our local region. The Virtual Museum is intended to create an online experience using all the data collected over the two years of the Road to Agincourt project.

Visitors will be able to tour a range of virtual galleries in the same way as if they were visiting a real museum. We hope they will then be inspired to make a physical journey to the region and explore the heritage in person, completing that tour in Hamble and travelling along the Kings Great Ships trail, with its inbuilt soundscape, down to the river Hamble, where the on-site interpretation will enable visitors, via digital technology, to ‘see’ the Grace Dieu in situ on the Hamble, as she would have appeared to onlookers in the 15th century.

Project Development

A variety of different skills and disciplines have been utilised in the creation of the Virtual Museum, chief among them are the historical, architectural and digital design aspects of the project. These disciplines are all working in tandem to create a Virtual experience which is at the absolute cutting edge in terms of both its visual design and its historical accuracy. Here we’ll be documenting the project’s development in a series of videos, photos and other random bits. Enjoy!

Thursday, 25 May: Screenshots of the museum

Tec Hub member and Heritage 3D Designer Grant Cox explains a little bit about his role in the Virtual Museum Project.

Site visit: The River Hamble, roughly where the Grace Dieu rests.

Site Visit: The team treks along the King’s Great Ships trail.

A short screen-capture showing 3D rain effects for the Grace Dieu Model by Grant Cox.

Site visit: The team scouts areas for the Virtual Museum.

Site Visit: Grant and Marcus try out the King’s Great Ships augmented reality trail.