Explore the history of our case study sites and the geometry of their vaults by clicking the relevant title or model on the map above.
Tracing the Past is an ongoing research project at the University of Liverpool investigating the design and construction of medieval vaults. It uses contemporary digital techniques such as laser scanning and 3D modelling to investigate these fascinating structures. Since 2014 we have surveyed and analysed numerous sites across England, focusing on religious buildings. Click on the links below to access highlights of our findings from individual sites and thematic sections on digitising, designing and constructing medieval vaults. Our research has been supported by an AHRC Early Career Research Grant lasting from 2018-21. Find out more here.
Explore the digital techniques we used to record vaults and analyse their designs.
Explore the geometry and design processes which we identified in medieval vaults.
Explore the stonecutting and construction methods used in vaulting.