Trinity Hall launches virtual tour for Cambridge applicants

It is the first Cambridge college to make available a 3D virtual tour

Trinity Hall has released a 3D virtual tour on its website “that allows anyone to walk around the 671-year-old College’s grounds.”

The virtual tour contains descriptions of Trinity Hall’s “historic buildings by the River Cam.” Viewers can “pass along the same corridors as famous alumni like Professor Stephen Hawking and actor Rachel Weisz, as well as former Prime Ministers, novelists and Nobel laureates.”

It also includes “the main spaces on Central Site, including several student rooms, the historic Dining Hall, and both the modern Jerwood Library and the Old Library where books dating back 900 years can be found.”

In a press release, Dr. Marcus Tomalin, Director of Admissions at Trinity Hall, suggested that the virtual tour had been created in an effort “to enable people to visit Trinity Hall remotely and explore its facilities.” Dr. Tomalin noted that Trinity Hall “has never before been opened up in this way to the public.”

The launch of the virtual tour was “made all the more important by pandemic restrictions.”

Dr. Tomalin pointed out that the Trinity Hall Admissions team’s webinars and social media posts “are limited in their capacity to familiarise future students with the space and atmosphere of the College.” The virtual tour “will allow prospective applicants to view [Trinity Hall], regardless of where they are in the world.”

Trinity Hall’s Jerwood Library. Image credits: Rosie Smart-Knight

The virtual tour was released in collaboration with Venue View. The collaboration and project were supported by a donation from a Trinity Hall alumnus, Tim Bunting.

Trinity Hall “will continue their partnership with Venue View in 2022 to capture more of Trinity Hall’s facilities across the City.” The College “hopes to tailor the project for its different community members, giving its alumni and anyone wishing to use its events facilities more personalised tours.”

Trinity Hall “primarily focusses its access and widening participation efforts on Bath, North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire, in addition to a Cambridgeshire school.”

However, the virtual tour aims to “give a sense of the life and personality of the College to everyone who is unable to visit in person, no matter where they are in the world.”

The virtual tour is interactive. It can be accessed here using both mobile phones and personal computers.

Feature image credits: Rosie Smart-Knight