August 11th, 2020

Young people create virtual reality museums showcasing their lives

Making the Future engaged 40 young people in an exciting virtual reality programme this summer to help them create interactive museum spaces reflecting their lives. 

Each participant received their own virtual reality headset in the post and got some practical hints and tips around accessing and viewing immersive content.

Aged 12-16 and from across Northern Ireland and border counties, the group became enthusiastic VR advocates over night, making connections and sharing ideas with one another. 

Throughout the week the group also learned how to design, build and code their own museum space - populated with content that offered an insight into who they were.

Museum spaces featured items expressing each person's individuality such as their favourite sports, music, film and gaming habits, reflecting similarities amongst many of the participants. 

Animated characters and interactive elements were also used in each of the spaces to make each virtual museum unique to its creator. 

One participant said: "I enjoyed making new friends and having the opportunity to be creative with technology."

Culture Lab

Project Contacts

Danielle Carragher

Community Engagement Officer at National Museums NI

Shauna McGowan

Community Engagement Officer at National Museums NI

Niamh Baker

Curator at National Museums NI

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Young people create virtual reality museums showcasing their lives
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