Putting on a Progress 1578: An Immersive Experience

15 August 2022 until 19 August 2022
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Putting on a Progress 1578: An Immersive Experience will transport you back in time to discover how and why, in the summer of 1578, Queen Elizabeth I travelled from London through East Anglia to Norwich.

Do you have what it takes to join the progress as one of Walsingham’s ‘Watchers’, the MI5 of the Elizabethan era?

Virtual Reality (VR) headset users will be immersed in the heart of this triumphant journey to help protect Queen and country. You will enter authentic Elizabethan rooms, and listen in on conversations between the Queen and her Privy councillors. To ensure the suitability of new Watchers, challenges will be set and reports sent, in the guise of postcards to the Queen. If you leave a return address she may even write back to you!

This VR experience is a drop-in event and takes place in the Nave of Norwich Cathedral from Monday 15 August until Friday 19 August between 10.30am and 4.30pm each day.

Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth I, c.1600. Credit: National Portrait Gallery, London, UK/Bridgeman Images

Depending on your group size, the session can last up to one hour, and you will be seated throughout. Up to five people can be accommodated per VR set experience.

Children taking part must be accompanied by an adult. The content is not suitable for under sevens and it is recommended that young VR headset users should ideally be over 12 years old. Younger visitors can instead enjoy a different activity to design and create an Elizabethan-themed illuminated window.

Putting on a Progress 1578: An Immersive Experience is presented by Curious Spark Ltd and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Norwich Freeman's Charity. 

Curious Spark's mission is to champion curiosity, in heritage, our cultures and the arts to evoke positive change in people's places and spaces.