As an anti-aircraft defence training building, Langham Dome used state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment to teach trainee gunners. As part of the Dome's re-imagining, Ugly Studios aimed to reveal how the technology behind it inspired much of the entertainment industry as we know it today.
We aspired to represent the Dome as it was during World War Two - a place of innovative technology and design. We envisioned a projection system against the curved walls, displaying three specially-commissioned films. Internal and external sound-systems would restore the atmosphere of the Dome in its heyday, with films and the original gunnery soundtrack playing inside, and Beaufighter recordings echoing over the fields outside.
The Dome exceeded its first-year visitor numbers within the first two months of opening. The films, designed in collaboration with Eye Film and TV, and narrated by Stephen Fry, explore 3 topics: Invention and Legacy; Guns, Tugs and Targets and An Airfield at War and Peace. These films have since been collated into the BBC1 documentary 'The Dome: A Secret of World War Two'.
Langham Dome is an award-winning site, with the following accolades:
Angel Awards, English Heritage 2014- Commended
The Graham Allen Award for Conservation and Design 2014 - Special Commemoration
Association for Heritage Interpretation 'Discover Heritage' Awards 2015 - Runner Up & Judges' Special Mention.