StoryFutures provides funding and training to SMEs and industry partners to create prototype immersive project, as well as support from our Audience Insight team to ensure a project is audience ready.
StoryFutures commissioned 7 eligible creative companies to use and interpret our national media archives, in partnership with the BFI and BBC. These SMEs prototyped new narrative VR experiences and storytelling approaches. A selection of VR works are now available to play for free in selected libraries on Meta Quest 2 headsets.
Delve into Alex's teenage diary from the 70s & 80s and follow her as she discovers the world of punk music.
After years of setbacks and rejections, Syd gets matched with a child, Ollie, and in the process helps redefine the meaning of family
A journey through time in the UK that paints a picture of the cyclist through eras to understand the effect that two wheels and a frame can have.
The Museum of Imagined Futures
Get a glimpse of how humans and technology might live in balance with nature - explore what our oceans, forests and cities could look like in fifty years time.
Off The Record
Celebrate British South Asians and their rich musical heritage - from the rise of Bhangra in the 70s to the daytime raves of the 2000s
Watch the untold story of Mike, a 2nd generation Greek Cypriot immigrant restaurant worker who became an influential RCA Textile Designer & Master Printmaker
In Accessible Lives, discover 100 years of cutting-edge inventions, assistive technology and the stories of people with disabilities using them.
StoryFutures China brings together two of the world's leading cultural institutions - The National Gallery in the UK and Shanghai Science and Technology Museum in China - to research, prototype and develop immersive storytelling experiences that both enhance visitor experiences on-site as well as allow for the Gallery and the Museum to take experiences to the audience.
In China - Keeper of Birds
In China - Keeper of BirdsComing soon
VP R&D Discovery Pilot Programme
Our R&D programmes fuel innovation in screen and performance industries by developing new immersive tools, production methods, story formats and business models. We have funded 130+ R&D projects with leading creative businesses, academic experts, and major innovation partners from Discovery to The National Gallery to Heathrow Airport. Our collaborations work to unlock the huge growth opportunities offered by virtual and augmented reality, AI, haptics and more.
Positive Realities is a partnership and a pathfinder project that explored innovative new approaches to health and wellbeing for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. Create Central invited creative thinkers in film, TV, performance, games & digital media to immerse themselves in the world of augmented and virtual reality and develop a prototype to positively impact the wellbeing of young people in Coventry.Learn more
StoryLab: The Modern Collectibles
In collaboration with The Department for International Trade, Discovery and StoryFutures, over 50 UK based SME’s responded to a call for new approaches to factual storytelling using immersive technologies. Brighton based creative agency StoryThings emerged with the winning idea over a two-day virtual workshop that was piloted for Discovery.Learn more
StoryLab: Heathrow Airport & Costa Challenge
StoryFutures and Surround Vision, a state-of-the-art Virtual Reality production studio, worked with the our R&D team the sustainability team at Heathrow and Costa’s store team and produced an immersive story-telling experience in Terminal 5 that exploits the latest Vision and Augmented Reality technologies.Learn more
StoryLab: National Gallery - 'Virtual Veronese'
Virtual Veronese is a first of its kind R&D prototype developed by StoryFutures. StoryFutures & The National Gallery invite you to step back in time and experience Paolo Veronese’s ‘The Consecration of Saint Nicholas’ as it would have been seen in 1562.Learn more
StoryLab: Roald Dahl Marvellous Children's Charity Challenge
Play Well for Life, a collaboration with the Charity and its Nurse’s Advisory Group, is an Augmented Reality card game that explores how immersive storytelling can improve the ‘transition of care’ of seriously ill young people when moving from child to adult health services.Learn more
StoryLab: BBC III Oddly Satisfying experience
Oddly Satisfying is a VR experience developed for BBC III, aimed at reducing stress and testing if VR is something that is appealing to BBC III audiences. Little Dot studio developed 2 VR experiences based on the YouTube trend #OddlySatisfying. They created one where people can decorate and cut a cake and another experience in which people can make music on jelly drums.