Chance to have 'virtual tour' of Salisbury Plain ghost village

Chance to have  'virtual tour' of Salisbury Plain ghost village

Published at 10:41am 5th June 2019.

Imber brought to life as part of project for Salisbury International Arts Festival.

The small village of Imber was deserted in 1943 when it was taken over by the American military to train soldiers for the D-Day landings.

To this day it has remained a ghost village .

Wiltshire Creative has commissioned a new "audio-visual experience" that opens up the forgotten community.

The virtual tour combines audio storytelling, film and a 3D architectural recreation to recreate the stories, history, wildlife, sights and sounds of Imber past and present.

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: You Walk Through, is part of Salisbury International Arts Festival and is being shown in an empty retail unit in Cross Keys Shopping centre.

Imber the forgotten village.

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.


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 virtual experience will take place today ( 5th June) until Saturday 8th June.

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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