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

Lacock's mythical creature family trail

Mon 22 Oct 2018
10:30-17:00
There is something hiding in Lacock's woodland grounds.

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

Mon 22 Oct 2018
10:30-17:00
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.

Peace - The Ripple Effect by Anna Heinrich & Leon Palmer

Mon 22 Oct 2018
11:00-17:00
This autumn Lacock will be hosting the first in a series of artistic responses to the art commission 'Peace' at Lacock. Inspired by the places history of sanctuary, contemplation and reflection the artists will create an immersive experience.

An artist's reception with Anita Corbin

Fri 02 Nov 2018
18:00-20:00
Lacock Abbey and The Fox Talbot Museum invite you to a private artist's reception with Anita Corbin.

Look inside a Lacock cottage

Mon 05 Nov 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.

Community Christmas Tree Festival

Sat 01 Dec 2018
10:30-16:00
Experience one of Lacock Abbey's more recent Christmas traditions with over 20 beautifully decorated trees in set of the atmospheric medieval cloister.