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New virtual reality app will re-create medieval market town

PUBLISHED: 15:52 07 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:02 07 June 2018

Wymondham Market Cross.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Wymondham Market Cross. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

A Pokémon Go-style app will enable visitors and residents of a market town to experience history through virtual reality.

Robert Kett will feature in the new app's repertoire. Picture: South Norfolk Council.Robert Kett will feature in the new app's repertoire. Picture: South Norfolk Council.

Smart device owners can be part of the famous Kett’s rebellion, see Wymondham Abbey ruins rebuilt and experience a bustling medieval market with South Norfolk Council’s new state-of-the-art interactive trail, launching on June 21.

To get involved download the free app on any smart device. There are both child and adult versions, which can run in parallel, so whole families can explore the town together.

The geo-mapping function of the app acts as a guide around the town and helps users see the real-world merge with the historic virtual view.

Wymondham will be seen as it was in its medieval hey-day through 360-degree virtual reality and 3D imaging.

The District Council’s Moongazer GoGoHare by the Market Cross is the starting point for the children’s trail. Henry the hare will lead children on a journey of discovery, as they collect his lost items on a virtual treasure hunt and place them in a virtual basket.

South Norfolk Council’s deputy leader Michael Edney said: “This is fantastic for the town and will attract thousands of visitors into Wymondham benefitting local businesses.

“The whole trail is remarkable but for many, the highlight will be the virtual reality experience at the Wymondham Museum and at the Leisure Centre.

“Virtual reality headsets will transport visitors back to Norwich in 1549 to be an observer and participant in the Kett’s Rebellion camp within the city walls.

“The user will be able to interact with the virtual environment and experience the sights and sounds as they might have appeared on the day, it’s just brilliant.”

The app also provides more recent historical information about the town, details of special offers from local businesses, car park sites, an orientation map, places to eat and drink, nearby attractions and links to other websites including our Chronicle Stories website.

The trail has been funded through a £116,000 grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

For more information visit www.south-norfolk.gov.uk or search #WymTrails on Twitter.



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