Enter Yes have recently launched their virtual reality project Ghosts of Thiepval on BBC tasters website. The project is a virtual reality experience taking you into the trenches at the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916.
As explained by Warren Bell, Producer for Digital & Learning at BBC, ‘Users can step inside recreations of the actual trench systems in Thiepval Wood on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. As you are taken through the trenches you hear veterans speak of the realities of war in this environment. It’s a unique opportunity for people to see for themselves what life was like in the trenches as troops prepared to go over the top.’
Working closely with the BBC, Enter Yes mapped and photographed these trenches, building a faithful virtual reality environment from them in close consultation with the Somme Association. This journey through the trenches is narrated by the voices of men who survived the Battle of the Somme.