MOST of the world’s important historical artefacts and art works are stored in the great museums of the world.

Building a new, conventional museum would require a great deal of money. However, it is now possible to copy and create virtual images (including holograms) of almost anything. It is also possible to create virtual reality simulations. For example, to experience walking around parts of ancient Rome or Athens or perhaps Romano-British Caerleon, or sailing on the ‘Newport Ship’ in the Middle Ages.

Creating a museum of virtual reality, in Newport, might be one way of vitalising the city. An existing building could be modified. Presenting virtual and or holographic images and simulations would not require a great deal of space — images and simulations could be scaled accordingly. It could also provide a great opportunity for the University of South Wales to become involved.

Brian Hayes Clearwell Court Newport