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Steelos Gallery Exhibition (Magna)

Posted on February 29th, by admin in Case Study, Mapping, Museum, oral history, panels. No Comments

Audio Trails were chosen to design and build a permanent exhibition (with a twist) that welcomes visitors to Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham.

Magna is an exciting journey into the world of steelmaking. The Templeborough steelworks (as it was called) was once the largest electric melting shop in the world and the site’s industrial history stretches back to Roman times. ‘Steel, Peech and Tozer’ was the company, but everyone called it ‘Steelos’.

Previously the concrete bunker through which visitors first entered Magna was dark and uninspiring. With funding secured through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Magna were able to commission Audio Trails to turn this dour space into a vibrant exhibition that reveals the 2000 year history of steelmaking on this site.

The interpretation panels provide a timeline and insight into the people that worked here. You can listen to their stories and read more about the site’s history on … Read More »



Abbeydale Explorer app

Audio Trails were appointed to design and develop a multimedia tour for Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Sheffield; a unique eighteenth century industrial steelworks.

Abbeydale is a challenging site for visitors to understand and, in particular, to explore physically. Some key spaces are inaccessible for people with impaired mobility. The Abbeydale Explorer app provides an enhanced visiting experience for the wide spectrum of people that visit.

Features

Visitors can borrow iPads when they buy tickets or download the app to their own iOS or Android device. The app contains subtitled fly-through videos that provide a guide to inaccessible parts of the site. Engaging and informative text, plus audio commentaries and high quality photographs further allow visitors to understand the rich history of Abbeydale. Visitors can also use the app to create and send virtual postcards, follow story themes and partake in fun activities at each … Read More »



Tring Heritage Trail App and Education Pack

Posted on September 29th, by admin in Case Study, Education, Heritage apps, Museum, Tales and musings. No Comments

As part of Tring 700 initiative – celebrating the heritage of 700 years of Tring as a market town – Tring Together wanted to create a Heritage Trail that introduces visitors to sites of historical interest around the town.

Audio Trails were commissioned to create an HLF-funded location-aware app for iOS and Android, and an education pack. Both the app and education pack contain information and fun activity points along the trails. The app includes our fun SUPERimpose feature – allowing you to take photos that match historic archive photos – creating your own ‘Then & Now’ collection.

The education pack can be used on its own or to complement the Tring app.  The pack supports curriculum planning and activity suggestions are relevant to a range of learning outcomes in Key Stage 1 and 2.

Audio Trails were chosen for the project because … Read More »



Virtual tour & audio pens at Buxton Museum

Posted on May 14th, by admin in Case Study, Evaluation, Museum, Tales and musings. No Comments

Visitors to Buxton Museum will discover that the William Boyd Dawkin’s Study has been given a 21st century technology makeover.

Until the installation of a number of technologies in May 2013 the William Boyd Dawkins study lacked focus. Visitors would enter the room, peer at the nice scene and leave with little understanding of its importance. Audio Trails have brought the room to life and given it an identity.

The centrepiece is the installation of 2 tablets upon the display cases, which prevent full access to the study. The tablets contain a virtual tour of the room that allows you to closely examine the key objects, even those on the other side of the room.

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The panoramic viewer above is the pre-visit web version (also available on the Virtual Visits Buxton Museum webpage). Have a play with it. To discover the answers … Read More »