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About the project

The Virtual Museum of the Grace Dieu is the culmination of a two-year historical and archaeological research project involving leading historians, marine archaeologists and a creative team recruited from members of Eastleigh’s Tec Hub. The aim of the project was to show the impact of the events leading up to the battle of Agincourt on local heritage and history of Hampshire, presenting the material in a way that engages the public.

The Virtual Museum team rose to the challenge of creating an innovative digital platform using all the data collected over the two year course of the Road to Agincourt project. Visitors are now able to visit a range of galleries in the same way as if they were visiting a real museum. The hope is that this will then inspire people to make a physical journey to the region and explore the heritage in person, completing the 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 

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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.

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, the Virtual Museum is one of the most exciting projects to come out of Tec Hub to date. 

The Design Team

Grant Cox – Artas Media

Marcus Pullen – Blue Donut Studios

Daniel Hill – The Point and The Berry Theatre Drama Development Manager

David Morley – Senior Developer, Imersar Ltd.

Emma May – Emmerse Studios

Sam Allen – Sam Studios