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Dambusters VR Experience at the RAF Museum

Dambusters VR Experience at the RAF Museum

Updates from attractions and museums countrywide.

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, County Durham: A Welfare Hall will be the first building to open in the 1950s town which is being reconstructed there. Other buildings will include houses, shops, a cinema and a police house.

Whitby Abbey dominates the harbour of Whitby.

Whitby Abbey dominates the harbour of Whitby.

Whitby Museum: Whitby and the Cosmos exhibition runs until 20th July. It will showcase the importance of Whitby and the surrounding area in scientific research above and below ground, in particular at the nearby underground laboratory at Boulby – where studies into the universe’s dark matter uniquely can be carried out almost free of background radiation.

Royal Air Force Museum, London: Dambusters is a new immersive virtual reality (VR) experience to allow visitors to understand the Dambusters mission from a new and unique perspective – as if they were aboard an Avro Lancaster Bomber above the Möhne dam in May 1943. Visitors will wear a VR headset with hand trackers and during the interactive experience they will be able to reach out and touch the fuselage, windows and deck of the recreated Bomber set. The interactive experience shows how technology is being used to explore the human stories behind objects in the RAF collection and to move past the notion ‘of do not touch’ to take audiences to a place and time impossible to visit. It’s suitable for children from age 13 and over.

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester: Open for less than a year, this museum reveals the gruesome punishments meted out to criminals and using innovative displays and augmented reality it brings episodes of the past to life. This year there’s a focus on sentences imposed on witches and drunken sailors. The Wicked Wessex exhibition runs from 20th April to 6th July and the Miserable Maritime exhibition from 20th July until 5th October.

New Welcome Centre, Palace of Holyroodhouse. © Royal Collection Trust.

New Welcome Centre, Palace of Holyroodhouse. © Royal Collection Trust.

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh: A New Welcome Centre has opened at the palace and a brand new multimedia tour including archive film footage, new imagery and exclusive interviews with the Royal Family, is available for visitors.

Trowbridge Museum, Wiltshire: This museum with a nationally important collection telling the story of wool, is being refurbished and will reopen in 2020.