Knebworth House release Virtual Reality App

  • 29 Sep 2019
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Virtual reality App ‘Knebworth Watch’ released by Knebworth House and Harmony Studios

When visiting Knebworth House and Gardens next season visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the interactive virtual reality App ‘Knebworth Watch’, which shows the view from the top of Knebworth’s Watchman’s Tower.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, and using information from the Knebworth House archive, the virtual reality app takes the user on a journey through history showing what Knebworth House and Park may have looked like in Anglo - Saxon, Norman, Tudor and Victorian times, up to the modern day.

The ‘Knebworth Watch’ App has been funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the Watchman’s Tower project, a two-year project running until September 2020 to restore access to the Victorian Watchman’s Tower at Knebworth House. Harmony Studios, who developed the App, generously matched the National Lottery funding for the App development.

Help was also received from year 5 students at Roebuck Academy in Stevenage who designed Saxon villages which inspired the Saxon scene within the App.

The ‘Knebworth Watch’ App is now available to download for free from the Apple Store and the Play Store. 

Katherine Dunstan, Education Officer at Lytton Enterprises, commented:

“We are delighted that visitors will be able to see what Knebworth House may have looked like in different eras of history, and are extremely grateful to The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Harmony Studios for making this possible.”

Jason Higgins, Managing Director at Harmony Studios, Commented:
“To see history come to life in an interactive and engaging way, delivered using technology that younger audiences are so familiar with, is a really amazing and forward thinking way of engaging with visitors.”

 

Find out more about Knebworth House here.

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