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About the project

The Virtual Museum is the culmination of a two-year historical and archaeological research project involving leading historians, marine archaeologists and a creative team. The aim of this was to show the impact of the events leading up to the battle of Agincourt on local heritage and history of Hampshire and present the material in a way to engage the public. 

The Virtual Museum is an opportunity to create an innovative digital platform to engage and encourage people to take a journey through history and will demonstrate the importance and impact of Henry V and Agincourt in our local region. The aim of the Virtual Museum is to create an online experience using all the data collected over the two years of the project. Visitors will be able to visit a range of galleries in the same way as if they were visiting a real museum. We hope they will then be inspired to make a physical journey to the region and explore the heritage in person. Completing that tour in Hamble and travelling along the Kings Great Ships trail, with its inbuilt soundscape, down to the river Hamble where the on-site interpretation will enable them via digital technology to ‘see’ the Grace Dieu as she would have appeared to visitors in the 15th century.

Built on the River Hamble, the Grace Dieu was a major development in shipbuilding and a visual symbol of medieval political power for King Henry V. Therefore it, along with the Holy Ghost is a significant wreck to be found. The archaeological and historical work that has been carried out will provide a unique opportunity to marry with local events and activities that were also held during the last two years.

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The Virtual Museum of the Grace Dieu project is now well underway, with a site visit and some preliminary meetings out of the way and a large chunk of the concept now well in the bag.

The museum is one of the most exciting projects to come out of the Digital Arts Programme to date, involving the epic task of recreating an entire Medieval clinker-built ship, by far the grandest of it’s kind, together with surrounding scenes and information to be presented as a virtual reality museum at the Grace Dieu site on the River Hamble.

The team is now in place, with Tec Hub members Grant Cox (Artas Media) and Emma May (Emmerse Studios), as well as Digital Arts Associate Sam Allen (Sam Studios) all successfully pitching to be involved in the project.

Scroll down to see photos of the team’s recent site visit to Manor Farm & Country Park.