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Photo by Tower Museum in Derry.
Virtual Reality to recover Derry and Strabane’s maritime history
18 May 2021
TIDE will use digital technologies to showcase Atlantic Migration’s influence in Northern Ireland.

We commence a virtual tour across Europe to discover TIDE partners’ visitor attractions and the pilot actions that are being developed thanks to the funding obtained from the Atlantic Area Programme. As a result, TIDE is using digital technologies to network historical maritime tourism attractions in the Atlantic.  

Our first stop will be Derry City and Strabane region in Northern Ireland where Derry City and Strabane District Council will  develop a core VR experience based on the Migration Theme. TIDE project partner from DCSDC, Ronan McConnell, explains that the Virtual Reality (VR) experience will involve the recreation of the Derry Quay in the 19th century where the visitor will board a steamship and sets sail for New York under an authentic contemporary narration. "Over 1 million people left the port during the 19th century and can be directly attributed 9 million diaspora around the world. This is a perfect opportunity to recreate that journey."

"We are also developing a very exciting VR experience with our partners in Devon and Donegal, designed by our project partner CLARTE in France. This experience will recreate the drama of observing for dangers in kite balloons to maritime convoys during the First World War",
continues Ronan.

Visitor Attractions
Derry and Strabane have strong connections with another TIDE project theme, the Spanish Armada. In the Tower Museum (Derry) visitors can enjoy a virtual experience on ‘La Trinidad Valencera’, one of the largest ships in the Spanish Armada Fleet. The exposition features audio, video and images of the items from the Armada Shipwreck discovered off the coast of Donegal (Ireland) in 1971. According to Ronan, this exhibition dives into the story of La Trinidad Valencera. “In 1588 it sank in Kinnagoe Bay in Co. Donegal and was discovered nearly 400 years later by divers from the City of Derry Sub Aqua Club. The exhibition explores the story of the soldiers and sailors aboard the ship and the divers and archaeologists involved in the excavation”.

Another interesting tourism attraction, also connected to Atlantic Migration, is the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, based at the Ulster American Folk Park outside Omagh (County Tyrone, Northern Ireland). This is a dedicated migration resource centre with specialist expertise in the story of the migration of the peoples of the island of Ireland across the globe. “The Centre offers visitors the opportunity to access a comprehensive migration library which archives an extensive range of resources that have been collected over more than four decades”, adds Ronan. 

Click here to email  Ianire Renobales at ERNACT Network for further information

Photo by Tower Museum in Derry.
Virtual Reality to recover Derry and Strabane’s maritime history
18 May 2021
TIDE will use digital technologies to showcase Atlantic Migration’s influence in Northern Ireland.

We commence a virtual tour across Europe to discover TIDE partners’ visitor attractions and the pilot actions that are being developed thanks to the funding obtained from the Atlantic Area Programme. As a result, TIDE is using digital technologies to network historical maritime tourism attractions in the Atlantic.  

Our first stop will be Derry City and Strabane region in Northern Ireland where Derry City and Strabane District Council will  develop a core VR experience based on the Migration Theme. TIDE project partner from DCSDC, Ronan McConnell, explains that the Virtual Reality (VR) experience will involve the recreation of the Derry Quay in the 19th century where the visitor will board a steamship and sets sail for New York under an authentic contemporary narration. "Over 1 million people left the port during the 19th century and can be directly attributed 9 million diaspora around the world. This is a perfect opportunity to recreate that journey."

"We are also developing a very exciting VR experience with our partners in Devon and Donegal, designed by our project partner CLARTE in France. This experience will recreate the drama of observing for dangers in kite balloons to maritime convoys during the First World War",
continues Ronan.

Visitor Attractions
Derry and Strabane have strong connections with another TIDE project theme, the Spanish Armada. In the Tower Museum (Derry) visitors can enjoy a virtual experience on ‘La Trinidad Valencera’, one of the largest ships in the Spanish Armada Fleet. The exposition features audio, video and images of the items from the Armada Shipwreck discovered off the coast of Donegal (Ireland) in 1971. According to Ronan, this exhibition dives into the story of La Trinidad Valencera. “In 1588 it sank in Kinnagoe Bay in Co. Donegal and was discovered nearly 400 years later by divers from the City of Derry Sub Aqua Club. The exhibition explores the story of the soldiers and sailors aboard the ship and the divers and archaeologists involved in the excavation”.

Another interesting tourism attraction, also connected to Atlantic Migration, is the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, based at the Ulster American Folk Park outside Omagh (County Tyrone, Northern Ireland). This is a dedicated migration resource centre with specialist expertise in the story of the migration of the peoples of the island of Ireland across the globe. “The Centre offers visitors the opportunity to access a comprehensive migration library which archives an extensive range of resources that have been collected over more than four decades”, adds Ronan. 

Click here to email  Ianire Renobales at ERNACT Network for further information


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