To commemorate the 475th anniversary of the sinking, The Mary Rose Trust commissioned Figment to create a brand new immersive visitor experience, to allow guests to re-live the final moments on board the ship and put into perspective the tragedy of the ship losing almost all her crew.

The storytelling begins with a voiceover delivered by Dame Judi Dench. Henry VIII then appears life size on a 98” 4k screen – large enough for guests to have their pictures taken with the King – as the gallery walls come alive with large scale, projected supporting imagery.

Guests then make their way onto the upper deck of the Mary Rose. The climax of the experience is the moment the Mary Rose turns in the Solent and starts to take on water, with the ship and her crew quickly becoming submerged as she dramatically sinks to the seabed.

To deliver this fully immersive experience Figment carefully modelled and recreated significant parts of the Mary Rose in CGI, including the upper deck, the ships canons, and an array of personal items belonging to the crew. Our CG team modelled the French fleet (130 vessels) and the English fleet (80 vessels) as well as recreating the Solent and surrounding topography, including Southsea Castle (where King Henry VIII viewed the battle and the sinking).

All 3D content was created using 3D Studio Max and Maya, with compositing in After Effects, and the sinking experience is delivered using 4 edge blended ultra-short throw projectors and a 6-speaker audio array to fully immerse guests.

Figment was responsible for designing the complete experience, which included the physical transformation of the existing spaces, AV design, all content creation including scriptwriting & filming, software installation and final show programming.

The Mary Rose Trust
Portsmouth, UK
Museums & Heritage