Digital Arts & Creative Technology

BBC VR in Cheshire Libraries this Summer

This Summer SHIFT is working with Cheshire East Libraries to promote BBC VR experience across the borough.

Get ready to experience BBC storytelling like you never have before. In Virtual Reality you’re not just seeing the story, you’re part of it.

Virtual Reality (VR) means experiencing stories in a fully immersive way, pictures and sound are all around you, so what you see and hear will change depending on where you’re looking. To get the most out of VR you need a headset. The BBC’s VR experiences are supported on a variety of different headsets, if you can’t make it to a library session see how you can view it on your own device via the BBC website.

Check with your local library for times and venues across the borough.

You can drop in or book a slot, and these free sessions take 30 minutes, including a short online survey at the end.

Please note that BBC virtual reality can only be viewed in a headset by those aged over 13 due to manufacturer guidelines.

Young people aged between 13 and 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

In June we have ‘Doctor Who: The Runaway’ and in July ‘1943 Berlin Blitz’ – read the synopsis below:


Step inside the TARDIS with the Doctor in this beautiful, animated, interactive story from the Doctor Who team.

You’ve been in a collision. You wake inside the TARDIS. The Doctor introduces you to the person, or thing, you collided with. He’s a strange and magnificent ball of living energy called Volta. Part surly teenager, part bomb, Volta is very unstable. In fact, he’s primed to explode. Big time. Unless he can be returned to his home planet, sharpish. The problem is, a squad of galactic busybodies has other plans for Volta. Bad ones. Drawn into a frantic chase, you become the Doctor’s unlikely assistant as she races against time to get Volta home to his parents. Armed with a sonic screwdriver, it is down to you to help the Doctor as she faces the forces of evil, and teenage angst, in this animated 13-minute VR adventure from the team behind Doctor Who Series 11.



In September 1943, BBC war correspondent Wynford Vaughan-Thomas boarded a Lancaster bomber with his recording engineer and a microphone.

Join the crew to fly to the heart of Nazi-occupied Europe, as they endure endless flak and a night fighter attack. Listen to the original recordings documenting the terrible ordeal – a major night-time bombing raid over Berlin, described by Vaughan-Thomas as “the most beautifully horrible sight I’ve ever seen.’