New 'virtual tour' of Salisbury Plain ghost village

New 'virtual tour' of Salisbury Plain ghost village

Published at 2:07pm 8th May 2019.

4 minute read

We're getting a special chance to experience Imber's original state before and after the second World War.

As part of this year's Salisbury International Arts Festival, Wiltshire Creative is hosting a virtual tour of the forgotten village.

With Imber: You Walk Through, you can find yourself with the unique opportunity to encounter Salisbury Plain's most intriguing site in a new and exciting way.

Combining audio storytelling, sound composition, film and a 3D architectural recreation, why not experience the stories, history, wildlife, sights and sounds of Imber past and present.

Wiltshire Creative Associate Director Jo Newman said:

"I’ve been wanting to make this project ever since I first visited Imber four years ago - it’s such an atmospheric place and a real collision of worlds. Imber is close to many people’s hearts - its legacy has been kept alive through the passion of a few individuals, an important part of Wiltshire’s history and an actively occupied training ground highly valued by the MoD - serving personnel from all over the world come to train on this site.

"It’s really exciting to be working with an incredible team of creatives across disciplines and art forms to fully open up the stories of this place, past and present, taking a long view and exploring the changing landscape of our county over time."

Imber Roads (Imberbus)
Normally, we can only get a look inside the village of Imber by taking the limited bus services to the ghost village (picture from Imberbus)

As you slip on your headphones, some of the things you will be able to hear include:

  • a little girl playing
  • a soldier waiting in old walls for an exercise to begin
  • a conversation in a pub.


Imber is known as the lost village of Wiltshire.

The reason for this is because residents were evacuated during the second World War and told never to return.

Seven miles from any town, Imber is open to the public for only a limited number of days each year.

The "ghost town" has been taken over and is now a British Army/MoD close combat fighting training ground.

If you missed the tour in April, you now have the chance to experience it in June.

Imber Bus (Imberbus)
We're told the walkthrough will be at a 'pop-up city centre venue', with no further details about where it'll be

Lt Col Stewart Andrews, DIO’s Senior Training Safety Officer said:

"Working with Wiltshire Creative to bring Imber village to life has offered an ideal opportunity for the MoD to engage with the local community and promote safe and legal public use of the Salisbury Plain Training Area.

"Imber village continues to play an important role in providing our armed forces with the training they need to prepare for operations all over the world. The site is an excellent example of the training facilities that DIO delivers and maintains to ensure our armed forces can live, work and train."


The festival will take place between Wednesday 5th June until Saturday 8th June.

You can find the virtual experience in a pop up city centre venue in Salisbury.

Each screening is approximately 30 minutes long.

Tickets are limited though.

We can book our place by calling Ticket Sales on 01722 320333 or by visiting the Wiltshire Creative website.

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