Very First Photography Show is Recreated By Virtual Reality.

Transported To The Past

The world’s first photography exhibition is being experienced once again for the first time in 150 years with people being transported back in time thanks to Virtual Reality.


A selection of prints were then presented by photographer William Henry Fox and now the event from 1839 is being replicated in a digitally reconstructed room which visitors can walk through and interact with as if they were actually there back in the day.

A Fully Immersive Portal

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford is hosting the experience which was created by the artist Mat Collishaw. The intention for it was to be “a fully immersive portal to the past,” he said.

The Virtual World and everything that can be seen from within it corresponds to sensations that feel real with the visitors able to touch real objects.

The recreation of the historic photography event, which took place originally at King Edward’s School in Birmingham, has been made possible.


Using the latest virtual reality technology, the historic photography event, which took place at King Edward’s School in Birmingham, has been recreated using this cutting-edge virtual reality technology.

Sensory Experience

The experiences that visitors can have include feeling the heat of a coal fire, touching objects within vitrines, and experience the overall grandeur of the building.

The virtual space in which the exhibition is set also features the ghostly avatars of other visitors who are also wearing the VR goggles to prevent people colliding with one another.


Through the virtual windows of the virtual building, the 1839 riots in Birmingham by the Chartist protesters is provides more sensory experience by authentically providing a soundtrack to the background.

Revisiting The Birth of Photography

Collishaw said: “VR’s ability to enable visitors to revisit the birth of photography – a medium that has come to saturate our lives – is uncanny and compelling …

“It is also quite appropriate as visual reality is a total 360 degree immersion of the viewer within an image, and is itself one of the many innovations spawned by the invention of photography.”

Innovations That Have Influenced

Immersive sensory experiences created by the advent of mediums such as photography, cinema, and recorded sound, is all down to innovations in science and technology at the time, with other innovations being displayed at the National Science and Media Museum as complementary exhibitions. One of which features items from Queen guitarist Brian May’s personal archive who is known to be a photography collector and has lent a set of stereoscopic cameras and stereoscopic equipment from the early Victorian ere. The museum said it was intended to show how immersive audio and visual technologies had a long and varied history.

Words by Elijah (Content Marketer).

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