A virtual 360° tour inside the grade II-listed former chapel has been launched as part of the national Heritage Open Day scheme.
Between 11th and 20th September 2020, online visitors will be able to join a ‘walk’ around The Horton building, using their mouse, finger or cursor keys, to ‘look’ around 360 degrees.
The tour will reveal the renovation work so far on the building’s conversion to new arts and heritage centre The Horton.
Using a smart phone, computer or tablet, viewers can click and drag ‘up’ to see the newly decorated triple barrel-vaulted ceiling and new roof light, or ‘down’ at the patterns in the original encaustic tiled floor. iPhone users should be able to use their touch screen technology by opening the tour in a YouTube app.
Some of the original features, including organ pipes and important war memorials, are currently in storage, but the trustee tour guides Kirstie Arnould and Maria Reeves will direct viewers to where they will be incorporated into the new design.
The short tour will reveal some of the twentieth century stories about the building, the hospital site during war time, and historic approaches to the care and treatment of people who were identified as having a mental health condition.
Viewers can also take a closer look with our interactive HD panoramas (below). Watch in full screen (click on X arrow icon) for the best experience.