The Living Coast Undersea Experience is an interactive, virtual reality & 360 experience, enabling users to explore the underwater environment of the Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone (BHW MCZ), which runs between Brighton Marina & Beachy Head, without getting wet! Click on the image below to explore.
Unfortunately, Covid-19 put touring on hold for the last couple of years. We are, however, finally redeveloping for a region-wide tour of community venues, festivals & events, schools etc from 2022 &, thanks to CRF funding, have made everything Covid-secure.
Please get in touch if you’re interested in hosting either the interative VR or 360 film version; see below for further details.
The 2019 pilot tour was an amazing success. To date, the VR installation & 360 film have visited 18 venues, including community centres, visitor centres, arts venues, an aquarium, a museum, an outdoor event, three primary schools & a STEM event for secondary schools, over 28 days.
An incredible 2,455 people dived underwater with us & the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with many inspired to change their behaviour to help conserve the marine environment. Find out what YOU can do
Have a look at this short film to see people’s reactions:
Mosaic of drawings
An amazing mosaic has been created to showcase 499 drawings made by our younger users. Click HERE to explore
Going forward, we aim to continue developing education & interpretation materials, research into the project’s impact, & extending touring into local communities beyond the MCZ coastline & into the wider region across The Living Coast, South Downs National Park, Sussex Heritage Coast & the new MCZ, Beachy Head East.
Fundraising is starting again & we’re delighted to carry forward awards from The Chalk Cliff Trust & South Downs National Park, to continue developing our educational work in schools; & another from Sussex Community Foundation’s Newhaven EZ fund for training & work experience opportunities in Newhaven. These awards will help us get started on the next phase… How you can get involved…
Please get in touch, info @kp-projects.co.uk if:
- You are an arts or community centre, or venue, museum, visitor centre, festival or outdoor event along the Sussex coastline, in The Living Coast or South Downs National Park areas, & are interested in presenting TLC Undersea Experience, we are looking for partners for funding bids to tour from 2022
- You are a primary school, we are looking to roll out TLC Undersea Experience as part of a modular, quest-learning programme piloted in 2019, to engage pupils with the local marine environment, marine life & conservational behaviours
- You are a secondary school, we are looking to run a inset day training & develop lesson plans around TLC Undersea Experience exploring a range of possible curricula areas from geography to technology & beyond
Other ways you can help:
- Follow us on Instagram @kpprojectscic & Twitter @kpprojectscic & on Facebook /kpprojectscic & read a blog here
- Volunteering opportunities from 2022, more here…
- There are exciting & engaging sponsorship opportunities & the project needs patrons & funders to help develop subsequent touring opportunities for this amazing project across the Biosphere region to schools, community centres & venues. Please get in touch for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Experience aims to:
- Open up one of the UK’s most unique marine environments to everyone, without getting wet!
- Raise awareness of the Marine Conservation Zone on our doorstep, which runs from Brighton Marina to Beachy Head & is home to one of the world’s only chalk reefs, with unique species of plant & animal life, & which only a fraction of people know about.
- Be a powerful kinaesthetic & educational experience to help people understand the environment & the things we can all do to help conserve it.
Have a closer look:
The Living Coast Undersea Experience is created by Simon Wilkinson of C!RCA69 & Karen Poley of KP Projects CIC; The Living Coast Brighton & Lewes Downs, UNESCO designated Biosphere Region; Sussex Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority (IFCA); & Sussex Wildlife Trust.