Tuesday 8 June 2021 – Harry Raffal (Royal Air Force Museum London) – History in the Round: Virtual Reality and Historical Understanding

This seminar is 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, 8 June 2021, in Room N304, Institute of Historical Research. The IHR is in the North block of Senate House, University of London. Find Senate House on Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU. It will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

Session chair: TBC

Abstract: The use of Virtual Reality (VR) to represent or ‘recreate’ historical locations, events or experiences raises questions as to how these representations of the past shape historical understanding. This paper will explore the challenges this technology presents, the effect that it might have on historical understanding and the opportunities that VR presents in sharing history. It will conclude by arguing that historians need to engage with these issues now — at the point they are becoming widely available — to shape how historical events are represented rather than after, when VR may have distorted the public’s understanding of the past.

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