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Electrosonic integrates immersive AV for Houses of Parliament Education Centre

Electrosonic has designed and integrated a suite of AV technology for the ‘Discovery Space’ in a new Parliamentary Education Centre, which includes 360° projection from ceiling mounted Optoma projectors and immersive sound from Tannoy speakers.

Electrosonic has designed and integrated a suite of AV technology for the ‘Discovery Space’ in a new Parliamentary Education Centre, located near the Palace of Westminster, London.

The centre utilises four Optoma projectors ceiling mounted to provide 360° projection to connect young people with parliament and democracy in a fast-paced experience that blends engaging content and visuals.

Electrosonic worked alongside Centrescreen for the visual content, which included a 15-minute production where historical events connected to each Chamber are depicted.

“The students are always transfixed during the Story of Parliament film and feel like they are genuinely in either the House of Commons or the House of Lords during the virtual Chamber experiences.” said Phil Johnson, centre manager, Houses of Parliament.

Students see events such as when the suffragettes fiercely protested in the House of Commons in 1908, and when the Duchess of Queensbury attempted to gain access to the House of Lords Chamber in 1739. The projection is accompanied by six Tannoy Di 5a powered speakers to create an immersive sound.

To ensure that all audiences ranging from key stage two to five respond positively to the show’s core messages, two versions of the film were created with differing levels of visual intensity and language used, which can be selected via an iPad.

As a result of the new Education Facility, the Houses of Parliament Education Service are expecting student visits to more than double in 2016 from 45,000 to 100,000.

“The Discovery Space is an outstanding visual experience that is the show piece of our new Education Centre,” commented Dr. Emma-Jane Watchorn, head of education at the Houses of Parliament. “We’re passionate about engaging young people with democracy, and the Immersive Space enables us to do that in a unique and engaging way.”

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