What am I watching – in the 17th century?

November 4, 2013

A team of six students from De Montfort University in Leicester have turned a historic map into a realistic and detailed 3D animation of Tudor London.

The video shows the area around Pudding Lane in the City of London before the Great Fire of 1666. Some of the buildings are hypothetical, but all streets are based on original maps of the area.

The animation has won the top prize in a competition to produce a 3D animation of a real historic setting, run by The British Library and video game developers GameCity and Crytek.

“The haze effect lying over the city is brilliant,” says Tom Harper, panel judge and curator at the British Library. “Great attention has been given to key features of London, complete with glittering window casements and other atmospheric cues.”

Thanks to Judy for the reference.


  1. That was very cool.

    • And an impressive feat, I think.

  2. Lovely and mesmerizing. Thanks.

    • I’m glad you liked it!

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