"This is a groundbreaking move by Jersey Heritage. The organisation is no stranger to using new technology to help people engage with our heritage assets, but this project will showcase one of the most important Palaeolithic sites in Europe to a global audience without putting it at risk.”
La Cotte De St Brelade is a unique VR experience that takes the user back 180,000 years, allowing them to explore Jersey’s coastal environment at a time when the island and continental Europe were connected.
Using data collected by previous excavations, including research undertaken by the University College of London in 2005, we were able to fully recreate the site inside Unreal Engine. Through working with the University, and utilising technologies such as 3D laser mapping alongside photographic material, we produced a virtual trip back in time.
There is a current global heritage trend to preserve sites at risk of damage or destruction, and to look at alternate ways of engaging with sites that it is isn't possible or practical to physically access. These innovative technologies are at the forefront of changing the way cultural organisations are presenting historic sites and environments.
The virtual experience we have created will help raise awareness of La Cotte’s importance, and secure funding for future preservation work on the site, without risking further damage.
The general public are able to view the experience at Jersey Museum in St Helier, where two of the latest VR headsets are available as part of an ongoing but recently refreshed La Cotte exhibition.