July 2022

Bawdsey Radar Virtual Reality Experience

The Bawdsey Radar Virtual Reality Experience is being launched on Thursday 28th July 2022!

An opportunity to immerse yourself in the history of Bawdsey with our exclusive virtual reality (VR) experience. You will be able to experience first-hand what it was like to climb one of the four huge 360 foot Transmitter Towers which once stood on this site.

View the trailer below

The VR experience has been developed in collaboration with a team of BT apprentices based at Adastral Park. An ex-RAF base which would have sent fighters out to intercept planes detected by the radar systems developed and operated at the Bawdsey site during WW2.

You can try out the new virtual reality experience for yourself, which is included in normal admission charges (online booking available), on the following dates:

  • Sunday 7th August
  • Sunday 14th August
  • Sunday 21st August
  • Sunday 28th August

 

Blending history and technology to create a more engaging learning experience – STEAM in action!

Technology has become an increasingly large part of our lives in recent years, but it is important to remember the importance of arts and humanities subjects as well in the curriculum. This project is just one example of how the technology and arts can be combined to create otherwise impossible experiences.

 

For those interested in more technical details:

Read how this application is an example of how virtual reality can be used to assist historical learning with an analysis of user trial feedback in the linked research paper https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9815997

To hear more about how the application was developed check out this podcast covering all things in the realm of extended reality where Adam Morsman (Project Lead) and Ben Newman (Head Developer) attend as guests: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2cyNY7iAiINHHxiVSnTLDn?si=d70ec13550b9407c

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