Heritage XR

An Experiment programme funded by Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (BDBF), and delivered by Digital Catapult in collaboration with Wired Sussex.

Working in collaboration

Heritage XR is a FutureScope Experiment programme funded by Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (BDBF), and delivered by Digital Catapult in collaboration with Wired Sussex.

Heritage XR: £20,000 funding to engage audiences in new and novel ways

The COVID-19 pandemic forced heritage institutions to innovate and adapt the ways in which they told their stories. Now Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival is looking at how advanced digital technologies can be used within their refurbished sites to engage audiences.

FutureScope Heritage XR is a 16-week programme designed to drive ideas and innovation utilising 5G and immersive experiences within the UK heritage sector.

Successful applicants will receive £20,000 in funding, and will be able to experiment with 5G and other advanced digital technologies as they take the UK’s immersive creativity to a new level. This is an exciting opportunity to work with one of Brighton’s famous historic landmarks.

Benefits and support

FutureScope Heritage XR provides participants with the opportunity to create spectacular and engaging content that could be embedded into the Brighton Dome experience, including the Corn Exchange, a site of rich history and culture.


Grant funding to support available during the four month programme.

Bring your concept to life

Regular interactions with the Digital Catapult team, BDBF and Wired Sussex to assess, iterate and bring the concept to life.

State of the art facilities

Access to state of the art 5G testbed facilities in Brighton for testing and experimentation, as well as access to the Fusebox working space.

Access to expertise

Regular concept and technical support from Digital Catapult technologists.

One-to-one diagnostics

Diagnostic sessions with innovator leadership teams to determine current technological, commercial and strategic needs.


Business workshops

Tailored workshops to develop and improve wider business capability.

Peer and industry networking and learnings

Networking activities with other participants and industry leaders encouraging shared learning and insights.

Showcase attendance

A showcase event with an invited audience of stakeholders, partners and industry representatives.

Programme partners

Discover more about our funding partners and what this programme means to them:

  • Brighton Dome

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    As the south coast’s premier multi-arts venue, each year we present over 600 events spanning music, theatre, dance, comedy, literature, spoken word, visual arts, film, digital, community and participatory events.

    Our magnificent grade listed building situated in the heart of the city forms part of the Royal Pavilion Estate, and has been a shining beacon for the community for over 200 years. Starting as a grandiose riding stables for Prince Regent and transforming into many guises thereafter; from a place of protest and solidarity for Suffragettes, to a refuge for wartime dances in WWI, a temporary hospital in World War II and even a roller-skating venue. Read more about our history.

    Brighton Dome is an extraordinary space in which to bring the arts alive.

    A hub for artists across the region, Brighton Dome commissions and supports both emerging and established artists and companies, enabling them to develop, take risks and deliver work of the highest quality. Read about our Associate Artists and Programme Partners.

  • About Brighton Festival

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    Each year we produce Brighton Festival, the largest curated annual arts festival in England.

    A celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and community events, Brighton Festival takes place in familiar and unusual locations across Brighton & Hove and further afield for three weeks every May.

    Renowned for its pioneering spirit and experimental reputation, Brighton Festival has become one of the city’s most enduring symbols of inventiveness.

    The inaugural programme in 1967 included Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins, Yehudi Menuhin, The Who, The Pink Floyd, Concrete Poetry. So we have a long tradition for attracting the most exciting performers from across the globe, as well as promoting local artists, and bringing fresh, challenging work that opens minds right across Brighton & Hove and beyond.

    Our ambitious and daring programming aims to make the most of the city’s distinctive cultural atmosphere, and draws some of the most innovative artists and companies from the UK and around the world.

  • Wired Sussex

    Wired Sussex supports the sustainable growth of digital, media and technology clusters south of London. We work with hundreds of start-ups and established businesses every year, helping them develop and grow.

    We provide dedicated innovation support in new and advanced digital technologies through our Brighton-based hub, the FuseBox. The FuseBox focuses on innovation through the effective fusion of creative practices with new technologies. It currently houses the Brighton Immersive Lab and the 5G Brighton testbed. Through our residency programmes, we support a brilliant and diverse cohort of businesses, including generative artists, creative technologists, filmmakers and developers working in VR and AR. They are working across a range of areas including Virtual and Augmented Reality, Virtual Production, 5G, edge computing, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.


Read the Heritage XR programme FAQs

Heritage XR Ts&Cs

Before you apply make sure to read the programme terms and conditions.

FutureScope is delivered by Digital Catapult, the UK authority on advanced digital technology.