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Bard is born into cyberspace.

A VIRTUAL-REALITY computer program featuring Shakespeare's birthplace has been launched by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

The program has been designed for visitors who cannot manage stairs and will give them "access" for the first time to the upper floor of Shakespeare's birthplace in Henley Street, Stratford.

It has not been possible for visitors in wheelchairs to view upstairs because the building's size and age has meant that, while the downstairs area is fully accessible, the ramps and lifts needed to go upstairs would not be a practical option. The trust decided to commission the computer program from the Virtual Experience Company, which specialises in architectural visualisation.

It is the first program of its kind to be developed for the trust. Ann Donnelly, the trust's museum curator, said: "The last 12 months have seen many changes at the birthplace including, of course, the major refurbishment which has returned the house to the way it would have looked during Shakespeare's childhood.

"We are delighted that more of our visitors will now be able to see those changes for themselves."


VIEW OF REALITY: Museum curator Ann Donnelly and Virtual Experience Company directory Mike Gogan launch the computer 'tour.' Picture: MARK RADFORD
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 31, 2001
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