Five history-themed activations

To mark Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (7 December) Event looks at five history-themed events that have taken place this year.

Pearl Harbor: VR brings experience to life
Pearl Harbor: VR brings experience to life

HTC and Time create Pearl Harbour experience

Smartphone manufacturer HTC Corporation and media company Time are staging a VR experience marking the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbour attack. The experience aims to take guests through key moments of the event's aftermath using historically authentic and fully interactive VR environments. The event is being showcased from 5 - 11 December at the Newseum in Washington DC, and at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City from 6-7 December. The VR experience is being delivered by Life VR, and is told through the eyes of Lt. Jim Downing, one of the oldest living survivors of the attack.

Great Fire of London anniversary

To mark the anniversary of the Great Fire of London, the Thames river was set ablaze on 4 September. The event commemorated 350 years since the historic event occurred. Agency Artichoke created a 120 metre-long sculpture of Restoration London floating on the river Thames and set alight in a dramatic retelling of the story of the Great Fire. The recreation was designed by American artist David Best, directed by Tim van Someren, who created the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, and presented by Lauren Laverne. The event was broadcast to an online audience via the Visit London website.

City of London's historic barge parade

The City of London and Thames Sailing Barge foundation joined forces in September to showcase historic barges through a parade and pop-up museum. The barges set off from Docklands/Canary Wharf area on 17 September, and the event as a whole aimed to highlight how Britain became a financial powerhouse through the Industrial Revolution, as well as emphasizing the role that Thames Sailing Barges played. The event then transformed into a one-day pop-up museum, open to the public on 18 September. 

 #WeAreHere - Somme memorial

To mark the centenary of the Somme battle, 1,400 volunteers, dressed as WW1 soldiers, appeared across the UK. Men clad in WW1 uniforms appeared at major train stations, high streets, shopping centres, car parks and beaches on 1 July. The men did not speak, but instead handed out cards marked with the name and regiment of a solider that died in the battle. People who saw the men used the hashtag #wearehere to share images on social media.

London College of Fashion's Cabinet Stories

The Cabinet Stories exhibition aimed to explore different elements of fashion, including historical dress and traditional means of clothes making and craft techniques. Guests could witness seven themed exhibitions, each one displayed inside a cabinet. There was also a programme of free workshops and talks. Cabinet Stories has travelled to three venues around London since the beginning of 2016, aiming to bring a museum experience to those who are unable to access a museum in day-to-day life.

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