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Making the Invisible Visible

Thursday 21st February, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Meavy Parish Hall (PL20 6PJ, SX 540 671)

Devon-born Professor Bob Stone and his research team have very kindly offered us a unique opportunity to attend a Virtual Reality (VR) presentation based on a number of local high tech projects including developing a VR model of the reservoir bed at Burrator, the old Burrator and Sheepstor Halt, and the use of drones and special sensors to 3D-map the radiation from radon over the tor outcrops and quarries at Haytor.

Bob is Professor of Interactive Multimedia Systems, as well as a Director of the Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team, at the University of Birmingham.

Recently Bob and his team obtained permission to dive their new Blue ROV2 and Trident unmanned submersibles in Burrator Reservoir to search for the remains of WWII anti-torpedo nets and buoys. Evidence of these remains were detected a couple of years ago when the team carried out an underwater sonar survey in the reservoir and is backed up by photographs of previous reservoir droughts provided by local villagers.

As well as a presentation describing the multitude of projects the HIT Team undertakes in the region, there will also be an opportunity for attendees to experience the latest VR headsets and related technologies, and to see some of the aerial and underwater drones the team uses to support its research.

If any members have any images or postcards relating to the following topics, Bob and his team would be delighted to see them on the day: WWII anti-torpedo nets; Head Weir Cottage; Essworthy Farm, Longstone Manor; Burrator and Sheepstor Halt; 1920s suspension bridge; Sheepstor Bridge; quarrying activities; general pre-flooding views; previous droughts; Ju88 aircraft crash on 19 May 1941.

This special VR event is being held at Meavy Parish Hall in association with Yelverton and District Local History Society (YDLHS) and is open to both members and non-members alike. After the 2 hour presentation tea will be served.

  • Open to the public – non-members welcome.
  • Members: £4.00 each.
  • Non-members: £5.00 each.
  • Cost includes tea.
  • Please book by Friday 15th February.

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