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
" 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
" 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

Spring flowers and family trail at Lacock Abbey

Mon 22 Jan 2018
11:00-16:00
Lacock's wooded grounds are full of wonderful flowers over the spring months, ideal for a gentle stroll. All spring there are lots of things to spot in the grounds, see how many you can spot on our fun family trail.

'Tribe' a photography exhibition

Sat 03 Feb 2018
10:30-17:00
Tribe is a collaborative exhibition of photography by mid-career professional artists. Their work is a narrative, addressing issues of family, history, love and loss. The artists are a group of women from all over the US.

Look inside a Lacock cottage

Thu 08 Feb 2018
11:00-15:00
Peek behind one of Lacock's closed doors as we open our holiday cottage, 2 High Street, for you to explore. It's one of the oldest buildings in the village and was used as a green room for the cast of Cranford.

Valentine's Day flower count

Sat 10 Feb 2018
10:30-17:00
Looking for a nice romantic woodland walk? Or a fun day of flower spotting? We know just the place...

Conservation in action

Mon 12 Feb 2018
11:00-15:30
Have you ever wondered what it's like to maintain a house the size of Lacock Abbey?

Early spring walk with Lacock's Head Gardener

Thu 22 Feb 2018
11:30-12:30
Lacock has some beautiful early spring flowers and a guided walk with Head Gardener Sue Carter is a great way to discover more about them.