Step into a virtual world with Mat Collishaw's Thresholds

This autumn, rewind time back to the dawn of photography with Thresholds, a new virtual reality artwork by Mat Collishaw. Using the latest multi-sensory technology, Thresholds will restage one of the earliest exhibitions of photography in 1839, when British scientist William Henry Fox Talbot first presented his photographic prints to the public.

Visit Thresholds and encounter an exhibition like never before, stepping back in time to one of the earliest exhibitions of photography in 1839. 

You will be able to walk freely throughout a digitally reconstructed room, and touch the bespoke vitrines, fixtures and mouldings; even the heat from a coal fire is recreated. A soundscape for Thresholds includes the sound of demonstrations of the Chartist protesters who rioted in 1839 on the streets of Birmingham, and can be glimpsed through the digital windows.

Visitor exploring the Thresholds exhibition; photo Richard Eaton
Thresholds Mat Collishaw by Richard Eaton
Visitor exploring the Thresholds exhibition; photo Richard Eaton
" You don’t understand how much you enjoyed the virtual world until you feel the urge to go back."
- The Telegraph

The original 19th-century exhibition, staged by the British Association for the Advancement of Science, celebrated cutting edge technological innovation. Unfortunately, Fox Talbot’s original images have faded almost beyond recognition with several of the surviving photographs existing only in light-proof vaults.  Through Thresholds, this exhibition not only restages an important historical exhibition but provides a way to view images that have since been lost.

Thresholds Visual 2017
Thresholds Visual 2017
Thresholds Visual 2017
" Collishaw has not recreated an historical experience, but has instead constructed an entirely new one."
- Frieze

Mat Collishaw is one of the UK’s most thought provoking contemporary artists, and the installation will be in place for you to visit from Saturday 16 September – Sunday 29 October 2017. 

Upcoming events

Community Christmas Tree Festival

Wed 19 Dec 2018
11:00-15:30
Experience one of Lacock Abbey's more recent Christmas traditions with over 20 beautifully decorated trees in set of the atmospheric medieval cloister.

Lacock's Christmas list family trail

Wed 19 Dec 2018
11:00-16:00
This festive trail is all about Christmas lists. From Father Christmas', to the dinner shopping list, to even your own wish list, it all comes down to preparation.

'First Women UK', a photography exhibition by Anita Corbin

Wed 19 Dec 2018
11:00-16:00
A decade-long project to capture the portraits of 100 pioneering women of the twenty-first century arrives at the Fox Talbot Museum this autumn.

Carols in the courtyard

Thu 20 Dec 2018
11:00-15:00
Christmas carols are one of the most beautiful traditions of the season. Join Victorian carol singing duo 'Same Difference Arts' by the big Christmas tree in the festive abbey courtyard.

Great hall decorated for Christmas

Thu 20 Dec 2018
11:30-15:30
At Lacock, our traditions of a roaring fire and a beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the Great Hall have been going for a long time.

Volunteer recruitment day

Sat 19 Jan 2019
10:00-12:00
Have you ever wanted to start volunteering, but weren't sure where to begin? We can help!