AI technology transports visitors back to the Great Fire of Warwick - The Leamington Observer

AI technology transports visitors back to the Great Fire of Warwick

A CATASTROPHIC event in Warwick’s history has been brought to life thanks to an innovative exhibition.

Visitors to Market Hall Museum can now experience an immersive augmented reality exhibit that vividly recounts the Great Fire that engulfed the town on September 5 1694.

People visiting the free exhibition will be transported back over 300 years to witness the dramatic events that forever changed the face of Warwick.

The exhibit has been developed by augmented reality specialists RiVR and uses the latest technology to present a 3D model of Warwick during the medieval era. Using a tablet device, visitors can embark on a virtual journey through the historic town and follow the progress of the devastating fire, from where it broke out in the houses opposite the Lord Leycester’s hospital, following its path of destruction as it quickly spread across the town. Along the way they will hear accounts from the people who lived through the fire, meticulously recreated from historical documents held at the museum.

Warwickshire County Council’s culture spokesperson Coun Heather Timms said: “The fire of 1694 drastically affected many people and their livelihoods, and Warwick was changed forever. Houses were rebuilt in a more modern style and in more fireproof brick and stone. This can all be seen through this innovative interactive display at Market Hall Museum.

“Through the use of augmented reality technology we can bring this historical event to life and I hope that many will take the opportunity to explore this fascinating part of Warwick’s history, as well as explore all that the museum has to offer.”

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