Call: Mixed Reality in Cultural Heritage, a free online Symposium

Call for Participation

Mixed Reality in Cultural Heritage online Symposium
Organized by Brunel University London
Wednesday 3 June 2020
11:00 – 13:00 BST
Free, online via Zoom (link will be sent to all registered participants the day before the event)

Brunel University London is organising a timely symposium with the aim to scope current challenges facing Mixed Reality Technology to identify opportunities in developing Cultural Heritage immersive experiences.

This Symposium will bring together professionals across cultural heritage, museums and galleries, digital media design and immersive technologies, and serious games, along with a variety of scholars for a two hours focussed panel discussions on the development of Mixed Reality applications specifically for Cultural Heritage.

The Symposium starts with a welcome by Mariza Dima, the host and creator of Sutton House Stories, a Smart Glass Augmented Reality experience, developed with Fracture Reality, Mnemoscene and the National Trust. Following this the each panel member will give a 5min fire-start talk on a specific topic/challenge which will lead into discussions with audience participation.

For more information on Sutton House Stories, please visit these links:


SOPHIE DIXON, co-founder of, is an educator and cross-disciplinary artist. Working predominantly with historical subject matter, she uses techniques including photogrammetry, mixed reality, and spatial storytelling to explore new ways to experience the past. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows including the Turner Contemporary, UK, and the EYE Film Museum, Amsterdam.

DR HOLLY MAPLES, Director of Impact and Post Graduate Research at East 15 School of Acting, University of Essex. Her research particularly examines how the use of dramatized immersive and sensorial experience techniques impact further access and critical engagement with the heritage industry for diverse communities and the development of new audiences. From 2017-2020 Dr Maples acted as Drama lead on two distinct HLF and Arts Council funded heritage projects in Norfolk with the Paston Footprints project and the Norwich Castle Museum. In the autumn of 2019 she further created a heritage performance in Hillingdon, Middlesex exploring the 18th century slave trade and abolitionist movement for the Being Human festival in collaboration with historian, Dr Inge Dornan. The success of this production has led to preparations for a UK tour at 10 historic churches with ties to the slave trade and abolitionist movement throughout the UK in June-July 2021

JOYCE SARPONG, Founder & CEO of AfricaOracle, and an African Diaspora ChangeMaker. Joyce is one of 100 key African leaders, selected for her achievements in development work in the UK and Africa. The AfricaOracle mission is to change the narrative around Africa and its Diaspora in the UK. Originally started as a media and story curation channel, it has grown to include tourism and travel with the aim to amplify the image of Africa and recapture the African narrative. AfricaOracle is currently developing a VR experience where people are able to explore the beauty of countries like Ghana without leaving their homes. The focus is on local attractions, destinations, cultures and heritage offering travellers an accessible, authentic and educative travel experience while promoting employment opportunities for locals. Joyce also lectures at the University of Westminster Business School on entrepreneurship and marketing.

We look forward to welcoming you.


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