A NEW site-specific audio experience will open up the forgotten village of Imber.

Imber: You Walk Through has been commissioned and created by Wiltshire Creative.

It will be available for people to use for free while visiting Imber during an open weekend from Thursday, August 15 to Monday 19.

The audio experience is then being gifted to The Friends of St Giles, in conjunction with the Churches Conservation Trust, which organises the opening of Imber church on a limited number of public access days granted by the Ministry of Defence. Imber: You Walk Through is supported by The Friends of St Giles. The village of Imber was an occupied village until 1943, now a British Army/MoD close combat fighting training ground.

Imber You Walk Through is written and performed by writer, performer and podcaster Francesca Millican Slater. A film version of the experience premiered at the Salisbury International Arts Festival.

It has been directed by Wiltshire Creative associate director Jo Newman who said: “I’ve been wanting to make this project ever since I first visited Imber four years ago – it’s such an atmospheric place and a real collision of worlds. Imber is close to many people’s hearts - its legacy has been kept alive through the passion of a few individuals, an important part of Wiltshire’s history and an actively occupied training ground highly valued by the MoD - serving personnel from all over the world who come to train on this site. It’s really exciting to be working with an incredible team of creatives across disciplines and art forms to fully open up the stories of this place, past and present, taking a long view and exploring the changing landscape of our county over time.”