British Museum uses virtual reality to bring back the Bronze Age



2015-08-04 15:19:45

The British Museum will be using ultra-modern technology to send visitors 4,000 years into the past this weekend.

The museum is set to host its first 'Virtual Reality' weekend event, with Samsung Gear VR devices allowing users to explore a Bronze Age environment.

Using items from the museum's collection, digital animation and architecture specialists Soluis Heritage have created a virtual Bronze Age roundhouse complete with a smoking fire, a surrounding natural landscape and even pieces of recently-discovered treasure.

The project has been designed to help visitors understand the context of many items from the period, a task made difficult by the lack of surviving 4,000 year-old structures. By using digital technology to recreate these lost buildings and environments, users can then strap on a VR head-set and wander around them in three (virtual) dimensions.

“The British Museum is constantly looking for new opportunities to innovate in the digital space," said Chris Michaels, Head of Digital and Publishing at the British Museum. "We are extremely excited to partner with Samsung on this virtual reality project. It gives us the chance to create an amazing new context for objects in our collection, exploring new interpretations for our Bronze Age objects. We can't wait to share it with our visitors.”

“Samsung is delighted to partner with the British Museum on its first virtual reality visitor experience," added Andy Griffiths, President of Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland. "Together, our aim is to use the latest technologies to enhance learning and provide children and adults alike with an immersive learning experience like no other."

"We're excited to see visitors delving into Bronze Age history in an immersive fulldome and through our Gear VR headsets and tablets. This will be a completely new way to interact with the British Museum’s collection.”

The British Museum's Virtual Reality Weekend takes place on August 8-9. Entry is free.

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