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Thresholds, a fully immersive portal to the past, transported you through space and time to experience the dawn of photography like never before.

In 1839, British scientist William Henry Fox Talbot presented his photographic prints to the public; in doing so, he created the world’s first major photography exhibition.

Almost 180 years later, Thresholds, an extraordinary virtual reality artwork by Mat Collishaw, allowed you to visit Talbot’s seminal exhibition for yourself. Participants took a multisensory journey back in time to see, hear and feel the past. Within the virtual environment, you could walk through a digitally reconstructed room, marvel at Talbot’s inventions, and even feel the heat of a coal fire.

Thresholds closed on 7 May 2018, but Immersion, our accompanying free exhibition exploring the history of immersive sensory technology, will continue until 24 June 2018.