From cave paintings to modern day street art, humans have been leaving their marks on walls for tens of thousands of years. But when does ‘vandalism’ become graffiti? And when does graffiti become art, or heritage? Dan Boys from Audio Trails attempts to leave his own mark on the subject.
Graffiti, from the Italian word graffiare (to scratch), reflects someone’s urge to say something – to comment, to inform, entertain, persuade, offend or simply to confirm his or her own existence here on earth.
The earliest examples of graffiti can be found in Burgundy, France, dating back more than 30,000 years. Within the caves of Grottes d’Arcy, simple, yet fluid drawings of mammoth can be found on cave walls. In the Roman world graffiti was used to declare an allegiance and illustrate the vicious rivalry between Roman communities. And today, political messages … Read More »
The Forest of Dean’s heritage is no longer a fading memory.
Through the power of amazing imagery, the Hidden Heritage of the Dean iOS and Android app reveals the area’s rich industrial past that was in danger of being lost forever.
In 2015 Audio Trails was commissioned by a group of passionate local historians with a life-long love of the area’s gritty past to develop an app. Bob Smith was one of those Foresters,
“As an eight year old I used to wonder around the Forest looking for signs of its mining and rail past. I felt strongly for the last 20 years that our real heritage was being obliterated, hidden and lost in pursuit of the Forest being turned into an adventure park.”
With the help of an interactive 1920s Ordnance Survey map, the GPS-triggered app guides visitors along the Forest of Dean’s ‘Family cycle trail’ – the former Severn and … Read More »
Quarrying in the Yorkshire Dales National Park has sometimes been controversial, but the industry has improved enormously since the early days of the 20th Century when work started at Threshfield. Audio Trails were commissioned to produce the Threshfield Quarry Heritage (iOS & Android) apps, allowing visitors to explore the changes at the quarry.
Threshfield Quarry closed in 2000 and almost all of the buildings have been cleared from the site. Using this app you can superimpose historical photographs over the present-day scene to see how much it has changed. Short video sequences show what it was like to stand in the quarry when it was working.
Have a blast!
Limestone and limestone products are a vital part of modern life and the app can let you see how the stone is obtained. Collect tokens as you explore the quarry, press the plunger and … Read More »
A look at 4 decades of home computing, mobile phones, digital cameras and even YouTube…
“Why anyone would ever want to look at photos on a TV screen?” That was what bewildered company executives told the Kodak engineer who first proposed the idea of a ‘filmless camera’ to them in 1975. This concept was of course the first digital camera.
Thirty years later, I received a similar response from my contemporaries when I proposed a new approach to audio guides. Taken by my enthusiasm I was left to pursue the idea and develop the first downloadable audio trails in the UK. Until that time audio guides were limited to indoor locations and listened to on hired handsets/wands: In 2005 you could count the number of ‘audio trail’ Google search results on one hand – today there are nearly 60 million!
Having set … Read More »