Experience Space Descent VR with Tim Peake at the Science Museum from 24 March

This morning Alchemy was at Science Museum for the press preview of Space Descent VR with Tim Peake which launches to the public next Thursday 24 March. It was great to see people trying out this amazing experience and we can’t wait for everyone to be able to have a go – you can book your tickets online here

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Visitors at the Science Museum this morning viewing the experience

This is Alchemy’s most ambitious project to date and we’d just like to say thank you to the amazing team that worked on this production, the Science Museum and of course Tim Peake himself who commented that the VR ‘really is breath-taking – and that comes from someone who has spent an awful lot of time using VR systems while training for my first mission. Science Museum visitors are going to experience something that truly is very close to the real thing.’

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Behind the scenes with Tim Peake at Alchemy VR and Tim Peake with founder and CEO Anthony Geffen

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SPACE DESCENT VR WITH TIM PEAKE

We are very excited to announce our next VR museum experience –  Space Descent VR with Tim Peake!

From 24 March 2017 visitors to London’s Science Museum will be able to join ESA astronaut Tim Peake in a virtual reality descent from the International Space Station (ISS) to the steppes of Kazakhstan, in the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft.

Earlier this year the Science Museum acquired the actual Soyuz capsule in which Tim Peake returned to Earth in 2016 after 186 days on the ISS. To accompany this landmark acquisition the museum commissioned Alchemy to create an out of this world fully immersive experience. The result is a 12-minute 360 3D state of the art VR experience where museum visitors are transported inside one of the most enduring spacecraft of the modern age. Using the very latest in VR technology they will experience what it feels like to sit inside the Soyuz’s descent module as it takes its journey back to earth, travelling at speeds of over 27,000kph and reaching temperatures of around 1600 degrees c.

Alchemy was lucky enough to be invited to the breakfast launch of the Soyuz capsule earlier today where Tim Peake talked about his incredible journey.

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We are delighted to have worked on this amazing project with an such an incredible partner and can’t wait for everyone to be able to see the experience for themselves. Tickets are available now at http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

We have many more exciting projects about to launch so watch this space!

 

Alchemy VR experiences at National Museum Australia

Great Barrier Reef Dive and First Life VR showing now at National Museum Australia in Canberra

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We’re very excited that on Boxing Day 2016 both David Attenborough’s First Life and Great Barrier Reef Dive VR experiences launched at the National Museum Australia in Canberra! The experiences have been a sell out success and the launch was widely covered  in the media including a TV piece on ABC Australia and The RiotAct Canberra commented that “to see the very future of education unfold before my eyes… was an awesome and exciting experience”

It’s so amazing that our films are now accessible to even more people. Both films have previously shown at Australian Museum, Sydney and Natural History Museum, London and they are still showing in Trondheim Science Centre in Norway!

We have big plans in 2017 so keep your eyes peeled as they might be showing in a venue near you !

First Life VR Wins Innovation Award

The First Life virtual reality experience has won a Museum & Heritage Award for Innovation, given jointly to Alchemy VR and the Natural History Museum in London. Narrated by David Attenborough, this immersive experience takes audiences into the depths of the Cambrian oceans to the very dawn of life where they encounter the first animals ever to live on this planet, brought to life in visually-stunning and scientifically accurate CGI.  The judges commented that it was an outstanding piece of work which set the benchmark for the future in museums. First Life was previously available in London’s Natural History Museum from July to December 2015, and is now showing at the Australian Museum in Sydney.

For more about the Museum & Heritage Awards and the 2016 winners, click here

 

Alchemy Virtual Reality Experiences at The Australian Museum

After a remarkably successful sell-out run at London’s Natural History Museum, David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Virtual Reality Dive experience is now at The Australia Museum in Sydney. Audiences get the chance to sit next to Sir David and explore the astonishing plants and wildlife of the Great Barrier Reef in a state-of-the-art submersible, as featured in the award-winning TV series David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef. Also showing at the The Australia Musuem is David Attenborough’s First Life Virtual Reality experience; transporting viewers back millions of years to the very dawn of life on Earth and into the oceans with the very first species to exist on our planet. Learn more about the making of these extraordinary experiences from executive producer and CEO Anthony Geffen talking to 2GB Radio and ABC Far North. and producer David Bradshaw on ABC Radio, or  Mashable.

 

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef VR Dive goes to Glastonbury with Greenpeace

Over 3000 festival-goers at this year’s Glastonbury battled through the mud to dive the Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough at the Greenpeace field.

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We were even honoured by a visit from the mighty Michael Eavis himself! As well as founding arguably the world’s best festival, Eavis is also a longtime supporter of Greenpeace and their work.

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Alchemy VR were commissioned by Greenpeace to help raise awareness of the plight of the The Great Barrier Reef: Over 22% of the reef has been destroyed by coral bleaching since the experience was filmed in October 2015.

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It was a great pleasure for the Alchemy team to support Greenpeace in the vital work they do, and we had an awful lot of fun with their wonderful hard-working volunteers and all the lovely people who came and enjoyed the VR Dive too. If you want to know more about the Greenpeace campaign and what you can do to help, please click here.

 

Mantis Shrimp Vision VR now at the Natural History Museum

Alchemy VR has produced a new experience for the Natural History Museum in London, featured as part of their Colour and Vision exhibition. Visitors will be able to see the world through the eyes of the remarkable mantis shrimp; a small ocean-dweller with one of the most unusual and fascinating visual systems on the planet. Find out more here.