Samsung's Gear VR headsets will give visitors an immersive Bronze Age virtual experience

Bronze Age virtual reality experience at British Museum

Virtual reality headsets made by Samsung will show historical artefacts from the British Museum in their native settings.

This weekend visitors will be able to use the South Korean company's Gear VR headsets to explore a Bronze Age roundhouse with 3D scans of objects found in the museum overlaid onto the virtual world.

The Virtual Reality Weekend will also give visitors the chance to experience a fulldome - a giant interactive touchscreen that enables users to examine 360 degree 3D scans of the objects, which include a knife and gold bracelets - in the Samsung's Digital Discovery Centre.

"The British Museum is constantly looking for new opportunities to innovate in the digital space. We are extremely excited to partner with Samsung on this virtual reality project," said Chris Michaels, head of digital publishing at the museum.

"It gives us the chance to create an amazing new context for objects in our collection, exploring new interpretations for our Bronze Age objects. We can't wait to share it with our visitors."

Samsung has also announced a schools programme starting in the autumn which will bring in Key Stage 2 students, aged seven to 11, who study the Bronze Age as part of the national curriculum.

The firm's UK and Ireland president Andy Griffiths said: "Samsung is delighted to partner with the British Museum on its first virtual reality visitor experience. Together, our aim is to use the latest technologies to enhance learning and provide children and adults alike with an immersive learning experience like no other.

"We're excited to see visitors delving into Bronze Age history in an immersive fulldome and through our Gear VR headsets and tablets. This will be a completely new way to interact with the British Museum's collection."

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