University of Winchester exhibition brings Hyde Abbey to life at King Alfred Weekend

12 Oct 2016
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A virtual interactive visualisation of Hyde Abbey, the burial place of King Alfred the Great, forms part of a fascinating exhibition on show in Winchester during the Hyde900 King Alfred Weekend (20-23 October). 

Created by digital media students and staff at the University of Winchester, the exhibition Bringing Hyde Abbey to Life takes place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October as part of the annual showcase of projects undertaken by community group Hyde900 to bring to light the heritage of the Hyde area of Winchester.
 
The screen-based 3D interactive visualisation of the Abbey complex allows visitors to 'walk around' the site as it was in the thirteenth century and interact with the scene by clicking on some of the buildings to find out more. The visualisation has been created in Epic's Unreal Game Engine.
 
"Our digital media undergraduate students have been working on different elements of the interactive Hyde Abbey project for more than a year," explains Debs Wilson, Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Digital Media (Design and Development) at the University of Winchester, who is leading the interactive project.
 
"Working on interactive displays for the Hyde900 history project is a fantastic opportunity for our digital media students to develop their skills on real-world projects which also benefit the local community."
 
Future plans include the creation of additional virtual content and live footage to create a series of tours and content using QR codes around the Hyde Abbey site, as well as a virtual tour using headsets to enable visitors to 'walk' through the virtual abbey and around the site.
 
This year's King Alfred Weekend sees a lively and varied programme of events starting on Thursday 20 October with a commemoration of Hyde residents who served in the Great War at an evening of poetry and music. This is followed on Saturday 22 October by How did Alfred Sound? - a talk presented by Professor David Crystal, a leading expert on the structure of the English language.
 
On Saturday 22 October the Hyde900/English Project production of Shakespeare's tragi-comic long poem Venus and Adonis will be performed at St Bartholomew's Church, introduced by University of Winchester Emeritus Professor Christopher Mulvey of the English Project.
 
Other King Alfred Weekend activities include guided walks around Hyde, encaustic tile workshops, and the launch of the 2017 community dig, as well as the interactive exhibition Bringing Hyde Abbey to Life.
 
The full programme for King Alfred Weekend and booking details are available on the Hyde900 website at: www.hyde900.org.uk
 
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