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Category: Audio Trails


Beautifully chaotic oral history interview with Amanda Owen

Posted on September 19th, by admin in Audio Trails, oral history, Tales and musings. No Comments

During the course of my work I get to interview some wonderful people and get an intimate but short-lived window into their lives. My beautifully chaotic interview with the ‘Yorkshire Shepherdess’, Amanda Owen, has to rank as one of my favourites.

Driving to the Yorkshire Dales on a crisp early autumn morning brought back lovely memories of my time working on a moorland restoration project in the early 2000s. The uplands have a unique smell – a mix of fresh air, vegetation and peat – and my destination today was in the heart of the Upper Swaledale.

Amanda Owen, watched by millions on ITV’s The Dales, met me at the door with babe on hip and two young smiling toddlers in tow. She and her young family live a life that has almost gone in today’s modern world, a life ruled by her … Read More »



Lead Mining Museum Matlock – audio production

Posted on August 3rd, by admin in Audio Trails, Case Study, Museum, Tales and musings. No Comments

Step back in time and listen to Richard Trevithick explain how his new engine will transform a Peak District lead mine.

In the 1970’s there was great excitement when the Wills Founder Engine was discovered in a lead mineshaft in the field at the back of what is now Winster’s Cemetery.

The story behind Richard Trevithick’s engine, which now takes pride of place in the Peak District Lead Mining Museum at Matlock Bath, has been brought to life.

Audio Trails were commissioned to produce a short piece of audio, set deep down in the mine, featuring an interview between Trevithick and a reporter. As you listen to the audio in the museum, different parts of the water pumping engine are lit up, helping visitors to understand the machine and how it worked.

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A review of the Alcatraz Island cellhouse audio tour

Posted on May 8th, by admin in Audio Trails, Tales and musings. No Comments

Did the Alcatraz Island cell house audio tour live up to expectations? Yes!

When it comes to audio guides of international significance the cellhouse tour at Alcatraz has to be one of the most talked about. For years it has been on my bucket list and last month I finally got to visit the island where Al Capone and many of the USA’s most hardened criminals were held between 1924 and 1963.

Alcatraz Island is a popular destination for tourists and I made sure I booked tickets well in advance; getting them on the day is nigh on impossible. We opted for the 09.10 trip on the 1.5 mile boat ride across the choppy waters, but still the crowds were big. However, with only the early bird seafarers ahead of us the island had not swelled significantly in population and we were … Read More »



Audio trails & Oral history

An audio trail builds a story, guiding visitors from one point of interest to the next.

Our audio guides create a journey of audio discovery, brought to life by a narrator, oral reminiscences, sound effects, music and/or characterisation. They add a layer of magic to any walk, trail or hike.

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Straight from the horse’s mouth

Audio trails are at their most engaging when they use the voices of people who know those stories best. Involving young people in the process is a very rewarding experience too.

Audio trails (you may called them audio guides or audio tours) are unobtrusive and provide stories without visitors having to look at a screen, booklet or interpretation panel. They are a perfect solution for visually impaired visitors. They are created as MP3 files – a universal music format – and are easily added to a website, app or museum/visitor centre hardware, ready to be enjoyed by visitors.

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Highland Folk Museum GPS audio trail app

Posted on December 1st, by admin in Audio Trails, Case Study, Heritage apps, Mapping, Tales and musings. No Comments

The Highland Folk Museum, Britain’s first open air museum, has many fascinating stories to tell.
As visitors explore the 30 buildings they get a flavour of how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1960s.

Now visitors can also join Alan Crawford and listen to his story ‘In the Land of the Glittering Wood Moss’ and go on a magical journey into the past to discover why Scottish ancient woodland is so special.

Each chapter of the story is played automatically to visitors mobile devices as they move through the 1 mile site.
How is it done?

The story is delivered using Audio Trails’ GPS Tour Guide app software for iOS and Android, which focusses purely on the delivery of audio. Accordingly, visitors don’t even need to take their device out of their pocket or bag to use it!

With no screen distractions, visitors can breathe in the … Read More »