Wednesday, 31 October 2018 at 5:30 pm – Wednesday, 31 October 2018 at 7:30 pm

The Life of Buildings

Website and Virtual Reality Experience - Launch Event

Date: Wednesday 31st October 2018

Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Location: Manchester Reform Synagogue, Jacksons Row

Tickets: Free – Available on Eventbrite: 

For several months researchers, led by Manchester School of Architecture, have been working with Jacksons Row Synagogue and Archives+ to make a digital record of the building, to collect memories, images and films and to combine them into a virtual reality experience. Join them to hear about the project, experience the VR using a headset, and for an extremely rare glimpse inside Manchester’s first post-war building and only city centre synagogue.

Visitors will be able to navigate the building in real and virtual ways. The team will be on hand to help guests using VR headsets encounter the history of the building as well as its digital record. Then visitors will be free to encounter one of Manchester's best kept secrets - the fine interior of this building from 1953. The synagogue was designed by Peter Cummings and Eric Levy, both members of the Reform congregation. Cummings was also involved in the design of Appleby Lodge (1939) in Rusholme and was the architect for the Cornerhouse Cinema (1935) and Apollo Theatre (1938) in Ardwick Green.

Those who wish to attend MUST REGISTER on Eventbrite, via the Events page of The Modernist Society 

Dr Richard Brook, Reader in Architecture, is the Principal Investigator and Dr. Ben Edwards, History (Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage) is Co-Investigator, alongside Dr. Kevin Tan, Computer Science, Manchester Met Uni. We've had the assistance of Michala Hulme also Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage in the recording of oral histories.

Project partners: Fablr - a local web SME (ManMet alumni); Archives+ at the Central Reference Library; Oxford Archaeology North.

This project has been made possible by AHRC and EPSRC joint call for Immersive Experience, it was one of 25 projects to be funded after competitive pitch.

Innovative connections between planning and heritage sectors and developing digital humanities.

Dr Richard Brook been invited to present findings at EU Funded European Heritage Conference.

For more information, please contact:

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