National Trust Lacock Abbey

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A GLIMPSE INTO THE PAST

Founded by Ela Countess of Salisbury, Lacock, near Bath, was first an abbey and a nunnery before being extended into a Tudor home.

Our interpretation scheme gives visitors a glimpse into the past to see how original building would have looked.

Translucent structures mark three key architectural points along the church - from west door to east window, giving visitors a sense of the proportions and shapes of the building.

A line of black basalt marks the position of the original building’s
outer walls, while hidden speakers within the flowerbeds provide the soundtrack of nuns chanting the Te Deum, engaging another sense with what was once on the lawn, but has long since been swept away.

Exploring the history of the house through key periods in its past, our displays and exhibits unveil notable events and architecture throughout the house's history and the lives of people who lived there. From its beginnings as an abbey and a nunnery, through to its renown as the birthplace of photography, we provide visitors with a view through the looking glass to see the layers of history through the house and lives of its inhabitants.

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