Following the virtual tours we created for the Churchill War Rooms and Imperial War Museum London, Pan 3Sixty were commissioned to create a virtual tour of H.M.S. Belfast. Whilst the previous virtual tours had been created to promote the museums as somewhere to visit, the primary aim of the H.M.S. Belfast virtual tour was to provide disabled visitors with a view of the areas of the ship that would otherwise be inaccessible.
Installed on a touch screen kiosk located onboard, the virtual tour included 20 different locations from around the ship. Alongside the 360° panoramas, the user interface included animated deck plans the user could navigate from one location to the next, a series of archive photographs H.M.S. Belfast in action and also a number of trivia facts about the ship.
So as to maximise the clients return on their investment, an online version of the virtual tour was also created to provide potential visitors with a ‘taster’ of what they can see when visiting this historic ship. Interpretation Officer Nick Hewitt commented at the time, ‘The Pan 3Sixty team were very professional, a pleasure to work with and we are absolutely delighted with the results. The virtual tour, and in particular Pan 3Sixty’s exciting and dramatic 360° panoramas, are now the highlight of our website.’
In 2012 we were commissioned to produce a new 360° virtual tour for HMS Belfast, replacing the older Java and QuickTime panoramas with Flash and HTML 5 versions. We created an all new user interface in keeping with the design of the new I.W.M. website, but working to a limited budget in order to save the I.W.M. money, we re-stitched the original photographs to create new full screen panoramas rather than re-photographing the ship from scratch.
The new virtual tour will once again guide disabled visitors around this famous ship as attract new visitors via the H.M.S. Belfast website.