Virtual reality experience in Birmingham to tell the story of Caribbean and South Asian First World War soldiers


The Empire Soldiers VR experience at the Birmingham Hippodrome will tell the stories of the forgotten First World War Caribbean and South Asian soldiers.

Starting on Monday (29th October), the experience is designed to give the audience an in-depth view of the hardships faced by the soldiers.

The event is part of the Black History Month celebrations in Birmingham.

Empire Soldiers VR Experience

Empire Soldiers VR Experience

Councillor Jayne Francis, Cabinet member for education, skills and culture at Birmingham City Council, said: “In this 70th anniversary year of the arrival of the Empire Windrush to Britain, it is fitting that this year’s programme includes events connecting African and Caribbean communities through migration to Birmingham from post-war to the modern day” 

The VR experience will also focus on the journey of these soldiers and continues through to the present day, summarising the changes of the past 100 years and talking about the impact of migration on the world.

Amy Stutz, from the Birmingham Hippodrome said: “This blending performance and technology make this immersive experience both emotive and unforgettable.” 

Empire Soldiers VR Experience is free and will be in the foyer of the Hippodrome until 8th November. It will then move to Birmingham New Street Station between 9th and 11th November.


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