We explore ways to use VR/AR to shorten the distance between cultural spaces and visitors engaging with the histories of place and intangible cultural heritage: specifically the history of the trials of the Islandmagee Witches at Carrickfergus Assize court in 1711. Users are placed on site at Islandmagee and experience the consequences of being branded a witch.


Helen Jackson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication and Media at Ulster University. Helen has collaborated with Mourne Heritage Trust and  Newry and Mourne Council through consultancy work to develop strategies to implement  digital technology interpretive solutions for the greater Mourne area; Tourist and Business  Council, Greenland, West Regional Authority, Galway, and ERNACT (European Regions  Network for the Application of Communications Technology), Donegal, through the  development of a project to deliver internationally sustainable, transferable and exploitable  mobile solutions; and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and arts group Big Telly,  to develop innovative technology-based interpretative solutions that are underpinned by the  Council’s 5-year Culture, Arts & Heritage Strategy.

Sentireal (Northern Ireland) specialise in the creation of software applications using cutting edge immersive technologies of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. Sentireal has grown rapidly and are considered one of the leading providers of bespoke immersive technology in the UK. The company recently received a Business in the Community award and globally a nomination in the VR Industry’s own ‘Oscars’, the AIXR Awards.

Enter Yes (Northern Ireland) is an award winning animation, VR, motion graphics, VFX and gaming studio. The EMMY nominated and BAFTA award-winning studio’s clients include BBC, Channel 4, Sony,Warner Bros, British Film Institute, Northern Ireland Screen and Alleycats TV.

Bespoke Animation by Enter Yes (NI)
Contextual Animation Used Inside the VR App, Handrawn by Enter Yes (NI)

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