Captaining the Ceres
wAVE (Augmented and Virtual Experiences)
An exciting project which has brought a brand new, virtual reality experience to The Heritage Centre. A unique experience has been designed and created in collaboration with Falmouth University and the Cornwall Museums Partnership, incorporating cutting edge immersive technology. Bude was one of only five museums in Cornwall to be chosen for the project, which has been funded by the Coastal Communities Fund.
Bude has long had a reputation for being a very difficult port to navigate, so the experience provided an opportunity to tell this story. By steering the virtual reality ship wheel, users are transported onto the deck of the Ceres, one of Bude’s most well-known ketches and a regular visitor throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Great skill is then needed to navigate the ketch past the breakwater and along the narrow channel of water leading to the lock gates, with a real ships wheel adding further authenticity. Users will also discover more about Bude as a working port during the experience. The setting for the experience has been especially designed to look and feel like the deck of ship, with enhanced displays to create a fully immersive experience.
Please read the important safety information before taking part in this experience.