One of the defining features of London, England, is the grand church and museum, Westminster Abbey. The church was founded over a century ago, and it is one of the most easily recognizable buildings in the world thanks to its stunning architecture and history.
In 1909, Westminster Abbey was turned into a museum so that its grand architecture could be properly appreciated by the public. Its long history includes ties to the British royal family, with numerous royal weddings and burials, as well as to the medieval monks of England.
Many tourists who visit Westminster have to stop to take in the sights and sounds. But those who cannot afford to travel to London, and those who don’t live nearby, don’t have to worry—drones can show would-be tourists the gorgeous interior of the Abbey without anyone having to leave the comfort of their own home!
On October 2nd, 2017, the Abbey released drone footage that showcased the inside of the museum, allowing viewers the chance to see areas of the Abbey that hadn’t been seen in over 700 years! The commemorative video was produced by the Abbey for the #makehistory campaign, and their creative usage of drones to capture the footage makes for an amazing piece of history.
To capture this drone footage, a hexacopter was flown throughout the interior of the Abbey, by a pilot and a camera person. The hexacopter has six propellers, making it an ideal choice for this type of footage; due to its steady flight thanks to six propellers, there was no concern over potential damage to the historical site. The drone flew slowly and evenly in the Abbey, and captured footage of the architecture for all to see.
The drone captured footage that showcased all the traditionally viewable areas of Westminster Abbey, but it also captured footage of the attic that had been closed to the public for years. It was also able to capture footage of the roof space, an area of the Abbey that will be turned into a gallery called “The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Gallery” by the summer of 2018.
The captured video footage is an amazing feat of technology that allows viewers to see the interior of the Abbey, when they otherwise would have not had the opportunity to even set foot in the museum. Now, anyone can appreciate the architecture of Westminster Abbey without having to leave home, making the Abbey more accessible to people all over the world.