Wessex Archaeology’s Studio team can create engaging and informative 3D heritage experiences.

The Wessex Archaeology Studio employs 3D artists, who can create bespoke heritage experiences. With specialists in environment reconstruction modelling and character development, our detailed 3D digital models of places and historic events can be displayed in a variety of ways, through Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Gaming Experiences.

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What is Augmented Reality? 

Augmented Reality (AR) is an interactive experience where computer generated information is overlaid onto a real-world environment, and can include visual, auditory and haptic information.

As part of a heritage interpretation Augmented Reality can be used to show historic elements, structures and people, within modern surroundings. To help people understand how places and life styles have changed over time and developed into what we see today. Buildings or monuments lost through time can be brought back via the magic of AR, with the use of an app loaded on people’s own devices. 

Cameron building RB Villa Augmented Reality (AR) Bell Tower Salisbury Augmented Reality (AR) medieval chair in the archive

If your site has no WiFi reception you might be interested in our digital display service where an onsite information board can be powered by a solar panel to create a secure WiFi network to server up 3D, video and website information.

Augmented reality is also an excellent way to make 3D interactive models of beautiful objects or collections from the past, available for people to see in their own homes. This is particularly useful when an object is delicate and cannot be handled by the public. Viewing is via a phone or tablet app. Realistic digital 3D reconstructions of real objects, including informative annotations can be served up anywhere. 

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What is Virtual Reality (VR)

Virtual Reality is a full immersive experience, a computer generated simulation. By using a headset and hand controls, Virtual Reality can be used to allow people to walk though 3D virtual sites and interact with realistic replica models of real artefacts. The viewer is taken back to a different time to interact with history in a seemingly real and physical way. These experiences can include sound, visuals and haptics. 

Our environments are lovingly reconstructed based on real places and events from the past. Drawing on the wide knowledge base of a company with literally hundreds of heritage experts, we can ensure our Virtual Reality experiences are as realistic as possible, to create a fully immersive experience for your audience.

Virtual Reality (VR) Bronze Age Roundhouse Virtual Reality (VR) Roman Villa Virtual Reality (VR) Medieval Manor Hall

Gaming experiences

Games are not just for children. Games now outsell video and music combined. People want to be entertained as well as gain experiences. Wessex Archaeology’s Studio team create heritage based games to allow your audience to learn about history and archaeology through play. This can be on screen or via a virtual reality experience  


Find out more about our Heritage Interpretation Services here.

Contact our team today

+44 1722 326867

+44 1722 326867


Will Foster

Illustrator - 3D Modeller

Will Foster

Jono Sutton

3D Environment Artist

Jono Sutton

Ian Atkins

Illustrator & Videographer

Ian Atkins

Karen Nichols

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