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The suffragette story of Mary Leigh and Eva Bourne breaking into Brighton Dome and hiding in the organ to fight for women’s suffrage was truly empowering. It was fascinating to discover that Mary and Eva found a clever way to reach the organ by attending a roller-skating event at the Corn Exchange. 

While delving into Eva’s story, Mary’s accomplice, we realized that information about her was scarce. This led us to question her true identity, as we discovered that many suffragettes adopted pseudonyms to safeguard their real names.

This revelation provided an opportunity to delve into Eva’s thoughts as she awaited her moment to break into Brighton Dome. We used that specific time to imagine Eva’s internal monologue, drawing inspiration from the research we had unearthed. This monologue was crafted to immerse people in the act of protest, in the pivotal moment of raising your voice and standing up for your beliefs. 

The Immersive Networks Heritage XR Audio experience incorporates a diverse range of elements aimed at immersing people in history and instilling curiosity about the heritage of the Corn Exchange and Brighton Dome. In its truest form, it has the potential to take you on a journey around the Royal Pavilion Estate using 5G technology. Today, you will sample the stories in one location. 

Firstly, there’s the soundscape, which transports you to a specific time and place. Then, we have verbatim history, providing factual context and informative narratives about the times we are immersing you. Additionally, we employ imagined and dramatized stories, creating a sense of being present in historical moments and igniting a fascination with the past. Lastly, we integrate poetic responses to engage you on an abstract level. 

To further enhance the immersion, we use relics from the past. These include copies of the original flyers from the Origin Rave 1994, a pair of vintage skates from the suffragette era, and an old bench that evokes the atmosphere of a Quaker burial in the 1700s.

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