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A weekend walk in Froghall in the Churnet Valley

Posted on May 24th, by admin in Audio Trails, Case Study, oral history, Tales and musings. 1 Comment

This 5 mile walk commences with a sedate journey along the Caldon Canal from Froghall before rising out of the valley through lush woodland. Breathe in wonderful views before concluding with a walk down what is claimed to be the oldest official railway in the world.

It’s a May weekend and I’m staying at Foxtwood Cottages in return for writing this trail for the Discover Derbyshire & Peak District app. It’s the second time this year we’ve come to such an arrangement with an accommodation provider.

Today Froghall Wharf is a quintessential idyllic rural location, but in every corner lies evidence of a once bustling hub of industry.

Imagine the scene here in the 19th century. Small trucks laden with limestone would have continuously arrived down the incline from Caldon Low Quarry, three miles to the east. Loads were shunted around the yard … Read More »



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 »



Discover Exmoor

Posted on December 10th, by admin in Case Study, Heritage apps, Mapping, oral history, Uncategorized. No Comments

Explore, discover and enjoy the amazing landscape, wildlife and heritage of Exmoor with this official National Park Authority app.

Exmoor National Park, in south west England is a unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over thousands of years. Rich in wildlife and history, Exmoor is one of England’s finest landscapes.

Hidden heritage revealed

The Discover Exmoor app iOS and Android apps offer fascinating, location-aware information on key sites throughout Exmoor, revealing hidden heritage through pictures, text and audio. Walking routes allow visitors to join these points of interest together and make the most of any visit. Once downloaded all the content (including zoomable mapping) is available to use offline.

Send a postcard/ask an expert

The app lets you send a virtual postcard to friends, family and following, and if you want to know the answer to a burning question about … Read More »



Discover Derbyshire & Peak District app

Posted on November 24th, by admin in Case Study, Heritage apps, oral history, Tales and musings. No Comments

Discover and explore 225 ‘hidden gems’ across Derbyshire and the Peak District.

The new ‘Discover Derbyshire & Peak District’ Android and iOS app features self-guided walking trails with historical photos from private collections and the public domain.

Discovering which suburb was built by a Russian wrestler, where Liquorice Allsorts were invented, how a duck made a lasting impression in a tree and why a social outcast had a hamlet named after him are just some of the stories contained in the location-aware ‘virtual museum’ app.

James Berresford, CEO at Visit England grew up in Derbyshire:

“As a local boy I was impressed by the range and depth of lesser known places and topics the app unearthed. It’s definitely not the usual run of the mill, to be expected content – well done!”

An innovative ‘superimpose’ feature allows app users to have fun taking their own … Read More »