Wiltshire Creative's site-specific audio experience available to use at Imber open weekend 15-19 August
Please note that this event takes place at Imber Village on Salisbury Plain, for information on opening times and access please visit: http://www.imberchurch.org.uk/index.html
Imber: You Walk Through will be available to those visiting Imber during the open weekend.
Imber opening times
Thursday 15 and Friday 16 August 11am – 4pm
Saturday 17 August 10am – 6pm
Sunday 18 August 11am – 3.30pm
Monday 19 August 11am – 4pm
Wiltshire Creative has commissioned and created a new site-specific audio experience that opens up Wiltshire’s forgotten village of Imber.
The audio experience is then being gifted to The Friends of St Giles, in conjunction with the Churches Conservation Trust, which organises the opening of Imber church on a limited number of public access days granted by the Ministry of Defence. Imber: You Walk Through is supported by The Friends of St Giles.
The village of Imber in Wiltshire is seven miles from any town. An occupied village until 1943, now a British Army/MoD close combat fighting training ground, Imber is open to the public for just a limited number of days each year.
With Imber: You Walk Through, Wiltshire Creative has created a unique opportunity to encounter Salisbury Plain’s most intriguing site in a new and exciting way.
Imber: You Walk Through is written and performed by writer, performer and podcaster Francesca Millican Slater. A film version of the experience, designed by Rachel Bunce with 3D Visualising by Chris Bayly, premiered at the 2019 Salisbury International Arts Festival in a pop-up city centre venue.
Directed by Wiltshire Creative Associate Director Jo Newman, Imber: You Walk Through combines spoken word with original composition and sound design by Helen Skiera enabling audiences to experience the stories, history, wildlife, sights and sounds of Imber past and present.
Jo 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. It’s really exciting to be working with an incredible team of creatives across disciplines and art forms to fully open up the stories of this place, past and present, taking a long view and exploring the changing landscape of our county over time.”
Lt Col Stewart Andrews, Defence Infrastructure Organisation’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 Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) delivers and maintains to ensure our armed forces can live, work and train.”
Imber: You Walk Through Project Credits
Director: Jo Newman
Writer and Performer: Francesca Millican-Slater
Composer and Sound Designer: Helen Skiera
Film Designer: Rachel Bunce
3D Visualiser: Chris Bayly
Producer: Lydia Scott