In order to celebrate the second birthday of the Monument to the Fraternizations of Neuville-saint-Vaast (Pas-de-Calais, France), Philippe Rapeneau, President of Arras Urban Community, inaugurated on the 10th of December 2017 a Timescope – a self-service virtual reality kiosk – allowing visitors to enjoy an unseen immersive experience.
Transported in the middle of the trenches through an immersive 360° film, Timescope’s users witness the Fraternization’s scenes of December 1915, between the German soldiers and the Allies. Christmas coming, they spontaneously stopped firing and met on the battlefield to exchange a hearty hand shake.
The inauguration of this very first virtual reality kiosk dealing with the Great War was the opportunity for Christian Carion, director of the film “Joyeux Noël” (2005), to discover the Timescope. “It is unbelievable to have a re-enactment like that, we’re really immersed in it. The atmosphere, the sound… It’s really well-made!”, he exclaimed.
The 3D historical re-enactment, created with the support of the archaeologist Alain Jacques, specialist of the Great War history, represents faithfully the site as it was during the First World War.
This new tool of mediation is a recreational and educational mean of learning the History of a place. Accessible to all thanks to its height adjustment system, and very resistant, it can be set inside as outside.
The experience proposed in Neuville-Saint-Vaast is accessible to all, freely, in self-service, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day.
TIMESCOPE is a French start-up, created in July 2015. TIMESCOPE is a virtual reality kiosk in self-service that immerse its users, in situ, in a realist 360° film showing the site where they are as it was in the past or as it will be in the future. In 2017, 15 TIMESCOPE experiences have been launched in strategic landmark French positions (Paris, Le Havre, Toulouse City of Space, Roissy…). TIMESCOPE has distinguished itself in 2017, by winning the International Trade Show for museums and tourist sites (SITEM), the Virtual reality & Immersive technologies Trade Show (VIRTUALITY PARIS) and the E-Tourism Meeting in Pau (ET13).