Lilian Bland: Re-Imagined
This project was inspired by Carol Moore’s one-woman play, ‘Flying’, about Lilian Bland’s aviation achievement in being the first woman to design, build, and fly her own airplane.
Carol and Gwen saw Lilian Bland as an inspirational character/role model, largely written out of history, who debunked gender and social norms. They created a photobook re-imagining her life. Gwen researched how immersive technology might help address restrictions to a theatre production of ‘Flying’ during the COVID lockdown period.
They were joined by Dr. Margaret Morgan, Associate Head of School & Athena SWAN Champion at School of Engineering, Ulster University, who saw the potential as a wider education development project for Northern Ireland. With support from Future Screens Northern Ireland, AR/VR company RETìníZE in collaboration with Carol, Gwen and Margaret Morgan, developed a mobile-based AR app to fly an airplane with Lilian Bland, learn the forces of flying through gaming & build and customize your own airplane, and have it fly in augmented reality. The project team is currently working with STEM NI on identifying schools for a soft launch of the app. Hardcopies of the photobook ‘Lilian Bland: Re-Imagined’ are available on request.