2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

Virtual Treasure at Blackburn Cathedral

Visitors to the 1st UK National Festival of Making were offered a breath-taking opportunity to play a unique virtual treasure hunt wearing highly advanced Virtual Reality headsets. In the game, they explored Blackburn Cathedral, recreated down to the millimetre in 3D. Virtual clues gave an insight into the Cathedral’s rich tapestry spanning over 1400 years.


The game began when a visitor donned the Virtual Reality headset. The wearer was transported outside the doors of the cathedral, taking in the stone tower, which is almost fifty metres tall and was constructed over a hundred years ago. Glowing lights, scattered throughout the cathedral, guided the seeker down into the crypts, where ancient treasures awaited, buried long ago from raiding parties.


The virtual treasure hunt formed part of the ‘Making Digital’ element of the first National Festival of Making. It offered an unprecedented insight into how the latest technology is being used to transport people into places unseen by the public.


The company behind the virtual treasure hunt, Hobs Studio, are experts in digitally modelling the real world. Hobs Studio recently built a 3D model of Liverpool city centre and digitally reproduced Manchester Town Hall in awe-inspiring detail. Architects, engineers, and construction companies use this technology to help design and construct buildings to an unprecedented level of accuracy.


Hobs Studio used the same 3D Laser Scanning Technology to capture and digitally reproduce Blackburn Cathedral. Its aim is to showcase the ‘Future of Making Things’ by using cutting edge 3D digital design and manufacturing technologies. The ultimate outcome: a celebration of the inspirational makers of the past through technology that is shaping our future, today.


For more information on Hobs Studio or Virtual Reality visit HobsStudio.com



2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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