A Middlesex University team of experts are working on a cutting edge visitor experience telling the story of the only known German Dornier Do17 bomber, which was raised from the seabed in June 2013.
The team from redLoop, the Middlesex University Design and Innovation Centre, partnered with the Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum, who raised the Dornier three miles off the coast of England. Using a grant of £75,000, from game publisher and developer Wargaming, has allowed the team to create a dynamic new exhibition at the RAF Cosford site in the West Midlands which will explore the background of this legendary aircraft, its recovery and conservation - in both the Museum's physical and digital spaces.
The exhibition includes an ‘Interpretation Zone’ telling the story of the Dornier and an augmented reality Dornier, which flies above the Museum, showing the aircraft as it would have been seen in 1940. Visitors will be able to view this through their smart phones via a free newly developed ‘Apparition’ app.
The RAF Museum has tied in with organisations across the globe including in Canada, New Zealand and in the US to celebrate the launch of the exhibition. Visitors to those organisations and museums can also see the augmented reality Dorniers through their smart phones.
Middlesex redLoop Director Dr. Andy Bardill: “Working in partnership with the RAF Museum we have developed a ‘bleeding edge’ approach to interpretation in museum spaces, blending physical and digital experiences throughout the exhibition scheme. This innovative approach will provide new visitor and educational experiences and enable the museum to engage with their audiences both on their museum sites and across the world.”
To complement the exhibition redLoop has also created a new dedicated website which will tells the story of the Dornier. It will showcase the social history behind the Dornier, the forensic science behind its discovery and recovery, archive footage from the Museum as well as user generated content. The website will develop with the Dornier project and function as an innovative hyper textual documentary for the project.
“This project is a great example of how innovation in the commercial world can be informed and driven by research and expertise in universities to create inspiring new experiences for customers and business assets for companies,”added Andy.