The British Museum

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PROJECT DETAILS

CLIENT: The British Museum

PROJECT: Bronze Age VR Weekend

BRIEF:

To provide a unique interactive experience focusing on the Bronze Age at a dedicated weekend event sponsored by the SDDC [Samsung Digital Discovery Centre] at the British Museum.

This involved providing the digital recreation of a Bronze Age roundhouse with various artefacts. Visitors were able to experience this via the immersive reality Portal or one of the many Samsung Gear VR headsets that were available.

APPROACH

Our specialist heritage team worked closely with the education team and the Bronze Age curator at the British Museum to define an experience that would allow visitors to become immersed in this defining age in Britain’s history.

The main part of the exhibit was a digital recreation of a roundhouse dwelling that was initially based on a photogrammetry capture of a physical reconstruction on the Isle of Arran. There were also models of various artefacts that had been produced from existing digital scans.

The immersive reality Portal provided a prominent centrepiece to the exhibition and attracted a steady flow of visitors. This experience was also replicated using virtual reality headsets that enabled each visitor to step back in time to experience this digital snapshot of bronze age Britain.

OUTCOME

The museum received excellent publicity and press coverage around this innovative use of digital technology to enhance the experience
visitors have when exploring the nations’ heritage.

The feedback from visitors was particularly positive and has since provided the basis upon which to base planning for a series of similar events that build upon this success

FEEDBACK

“We decided to start working with Sublime as we were really impressed with their work, and they’ve created a virtual bronze age round house … it’s amazing!

… having been in the Great Court all weekend, talking to visitors and seeing their excitement at engaging with this experience, we’re delighted with what we’ve created, and how much our visitors have enjoyed it! “

Lizzie Edwards – Education Manager

“The reaction has been entirely positive… people have really enjoyed being able to see the digital versions of the models.”

Neil Wilkin – Curator (Bronze Age Collection)

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