Antarctic virtual reality announced

Credit: Jonny Harrison

The Trust is thrilled to announce it has partnered with Auckland University of Technology to create a ground-breaking virtual reality experience of Sir Edmund Hillary’s Antarctic hut. Launching in 2019, people will be invited to step inside Hillary’s (TAE/IGY) Hut and to explore the first building at what is now New Zealand’s Scott Base. A fully immersive experience, which includes a guided tour through the hut, it celebrates New Zealand’s first leadership presence in Antarctica as part of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition and International Geophysical Year.

The Trust recently finished conservation on the hut and is pleased to be able to share this iconic piece of Antarctic history.  Stories of Hillary’s 23 man team and their mission to further science and exploration in the world’s most extreme environment will feature within the experience and through accompanying material.

Gregory Bennett (Head of Digital Design and Visual Arts at the School of Art & Design at AUT) says, “This is an exciting opportunity for AUT students and researchers to work on a real world project that is also at the cutting edge of how new technologies such as VR can bring important heritage sites and their stories alive for the public.”

The virtual reality experience will be freely available at selected institutions around New Zealand, as well as being accessible online internationally.

The Trust gratefully acknowledges Ryman Healthcare for their major sponsorship of this project. 

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