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Native of web app?

Audio Trails boast a rich back catalogue of location-aware native apps for heritage sites and tourist attractions. They have now launched a web equivalent. Creative Director Dan Boys explains the pros and cons of both approaches.

When it comes to software, location-aware apps are what we (Audio Trails) specialise in. For us, a location-aware app uses location (via a potential combination of GPS, mobile connectivity, wifi and/or bluetooth beacons) to automatically alert the user to relevant digital content (text, images, audio, video) within the proximity of a device. It will also tell you how far away you are from other content. This content may refer to a place of interest, an event or a walking trail.

For many years we have been building native apps – designed specifically for iOS and Android devices – on behalf of local authorities, charities and communities. … Read More »



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 »



Ingleborough Archaeological app

Posted on September 8th, by admin in Case Study, Heritage apps, Mapping, Tales and musings. No Comments

A location aware app with free Ordnance Survey mapping to help you discover the archaeology of Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales.

Ingleborough Archaeology Group (IAG) is based in Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales of England. Its focus is on the Ingleborough massif and the surrounding valleys of Kingsdale, Chapel le Dale and Ribblesdale.

The Group exists to further research and understanding of the historic heritage of its core area by archival research and archaeological investigation. It has been involved in a broad range of excavations.

Audio Trails were approached to create an app to showcase some of the groups finds along three archaeology walks in the National Nature Reserve on Ingleborough, North Yorkshire, England. The three walks are all approximately 5 miles long. Two depart from Ribbleside (one heading to Selside and the other to Great Douk and Southescales), whilst the third takes in South House, Sulber and … Read More »



When does graffiti become heritage?

Posted on August 21st, by admin in Case Study, Photography/Video, Tales and musings. No Comments

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 »



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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When does graffiti become heritage?
From cave paintings to modern day street art, humans have been leaving their marks on walls for tens of thousands of years. But when...