Category: Case Study
An audio archive project to capture the views of local people
We were commissioned by TellTale to deliver an audio project on behalf of the Churnet Valley Living Landscape project – a partnership of twenty organisations, led by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. It works at a landscape scale, conserving and enhancing the wildlife and built heritage of the relatively unknown Churnet Valley.
Our remit was to interview staff and volunteers explaining how they had been involved in the 20+ programmes of work throughout the life of the project, and what the area meant to them and how they saw it changing in the future.
We undertook 15 one-to-one interviews and attended a number of events to capture the thoughts of many more people. The recordings form a valuable archive and legacy to the project that will prove invaluable for researchers in the coming years and decades.
We then edited … Read More »
How do you learn about the world’s first railway town that has now been absorbed by the 1960s new town of Milton Keynes? Why, download the MK Trails app of course!
“Imagine a geometric pattern of raw, red brick, made up of long straight streets of terraced houses criss-crossing each other…the whole plumped down in the middle of gently undulating green fields and cornlands…and you have a rough bird’s eye view of my home town, Wolverton”
Greta Barker, Buckinghamshire Born
A town of modest red brick terraces, Wolverton is nevertheless unique as the world’s first ‘railway town’. It was built by the London and Birmingham Railway Company in the 1830s to house its workshops and workers.
Welcome To…Milton Keynes
Working with Milton Keynes Living Archive and Wolverton and Greenleys Town Council, Audio Trails have developed a smartphone app based upon their Welcome To…Native app software. The MK Trails: Wolverton app guides visitors and locals around some … Read More »
Low cost softwood interpretation panels from Audio Trails.
Derbyshire-based Junction Arts needed two low-cost interpretation panels for a community arts project in Brimington, near Chesterfield. None of the usual suppliers were able to supply anything within budget, but Audio Trails came to the rescue!
The two A2 softwood panels have fit snuggly into their new home. Printing, frame construction and install came in comfortably under the £1000 budget.
“I am very impressed with the finished product. 2 weeks from quote to install is amazing. A councillor’s nightmare is that something will not be done in the time that you have told your constituents it will be done. In your case you were a week earlier which took the pressure off me. Well done.
I will most certainly recommend you to my colleagues and anyone else I come across.”
Tricia Gilby, County Councillor for Brimington, Hollingwood and … Read More »
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 »
A multi-sensory trail for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues.
Old Tree Nursery is a plant and garden nursery set in a beautiful rural setting in Pendeford near Wolverhampton. They offer training and employment opportunities for young people and adults with learning disabilities and mental ill-health.
Nature Feely Boxes
Audio Trails were commissioned to install engaging and educational signage through their small woodland. Following discussions with those who were going to use the trail, our solution was to custom design and build interactive ‘nature feely boxes’ for a Gruffalo-inspired trail. Each box has a lift up flap to reveal a small themed interpretation panel, with links to online content. Another flap contains feely items related to that theme. The boxes are located on softwood posts and interspersed between woodland chainsaw-carved sculptures throughout the woodland.
“The job was originally sourced by our Director but Dan … Read More »