Taking a Virtual Walk on the Wild Side

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2020-09-16 18:00
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The covid-19 pandemic has led to a surge of interest in how we can experience and enjoy virtual nature and the great outdoors, by using digital technology, when staying in the safety of our homes.

Join us for a panel discussion about virtual walks, chaired by Sue Thomas, author of “Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age“, who champions how we can use technology to feel better without logging off. 

Sue will be joined by cultural geographer and digital media artist, Jack Lowe, who will talk about a genre of video games known as walking simulators and his research in developing location-based online games, as a method of place based digital storytelling.

Use of atmospheric sound recordings is very much part of the ambience of virtual walking simulators and videogames. Completing the panel will be Wildlife and Environmental Sounds Curator, Cheryl Tipp and Digital Curator, Stella Wisdom both from the British Library, who will discuss how digitised sound recordings from the Library’s sound archive have been innovatively used in video games made by UK students, as part of the Library’s “Off the Map” initiative.


Jack Lowe

Jack Lowe

I am a cultural geographer and interactive narrative designer whose research and creative practice explores how people engage with place through playful, site-specific, experimental and/or immersive media forms. I am currently working as a Research Asso...

Cheryl Tipp

Cheryl Tipp

Cheryl Tipp is the British Library’s Curator of Wildlife & Environmental Sounds. With a background in zoology and library services, Cheryl has spent the past 15 years looking after the library’s world- renowned collection of over 250,000 species an...

Stella Wisdom

Stella Wisdom

Stella Wisdom is a Digital Curator at the British Library; promoting new methods of research using born digital and digitised collections. She is interested in creative innovation and partnerships, especially regarding games and digital storytelling in lib...


Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas

I write about life, nature and technology. I'm especially interested in digital wellbeing and the practicalities of integrating the physical with the virtual. I'm currently writing 'The Fault in Reality'. My most recent book is 'Nature and Wellbeing in ...

Photo credit: virtual Whitby Abbey, one of the British Library’s “Off the Map” gothic winning entries. Created by Team Flying Buttress, i.e. six students from De Montfort University, Ben Mowson, Elliott Pacel, Ewan Couper, Finn McAvinchey, Kit Grande and Katie Hallaron.

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