This project was an opportunity to preserve the important social history of the London Road Fire Station in Manchester City Centre for future generations by creating an immersive interactive film experience.
The project, called ‘Firehouse’, involved utilising layers of archive footage and photographs, the oral history from former residents and workers with 360 degree film footage of the building just before its development into a luxury hotel.
Keith Myers, who produced and directed the project, wanted to take the audience back in time to revisit the memories of the fire station and allow them to experience what life was like when it was a functioning fire station. He said “I believe approaching the project in this way has allowed the film to be constructed as a time vessel – the viewer is immersed in time. I feel proud that we have been able to keep a piece of Manchester and global heritage alive.”
Here is an interview with Keith explaining more about the project.