Memory Temple

The Temple of Time


Emma Willard

( 01846 )


The “Temple of Time” is a three-dimensional projection of historical chronography. In the temple, the vertical columns represent centuries, with those on the right showing names of important figures from the Old World while those on the left show figures from the New World. The floor shows a historical stream chart. The ceiling functions as a chart of biography.

Created in 01846 by the pioneering American girls educator Emma Willard, The “Temple of Time” draws on the tradition of Renaissance “memory theaters”, mnemonic devices that allowed people to memorize information by imagining it as architectural details in a three-dimensional mental space.