Hadrian's wall trails - mobile interpretation
Delivering a mobile interpretation solution for a heritage organisation
1 year and 10 months
Ended 1 Aug 2014100%
We worked as a trusted partner with the Hadrian's Wall Trust, helping to explore mobile interpretation in situ on Hadrian's Wall, resulting in the release of an iPhone app.
The App Hadrian's Wall Trails (available for iOS and Android) allows users to explore the World Heritage Site through the eyes of four characters who have lived alongside it and played a role in its development and rediscovery. Through using the App on their mobile device, visitors are able to 'interpret' what they see without the need for physical boards or signs that are intrusive of the landscape.
Hadrian's Wall Trails provides location-specific information, taking advantage of iPhone's GPS functionality. It is designed to enhance visitors' experience, with all information stored within the app to avoid the need for a data signal in what are often remote locations alongside Hadrian's Wall.
Our work contributed to a larger project awarded to Hadrian's Wall Trust, funded by the SITA Trust. 'Hadrian's Wall at Risk' aimed to consolidate sections of the Wall and remove them from English Heritage’s Heritage at Risk register as well as to enable greater understanding and appreciation of the Wall and how it is managed through the use of mobile technology.
The project also successfully secured an award from the Newcastle University Innovation Fund to support the research and development process that resulted in the release of Hadrian's Wall Trails.
- Development of a strong partnership with the Hadrian's Wall Trust team; defining needs, discussing possibilities and implementing an agreed approach
- Desk research of existing approaches to mobile interpretation, leading to the licensing of the Dickens Trails codebase
- A storyboarding workshop exploring the potential of technology to deliver interpretation in the field
- Management of the design and development team
Expertise into practice - why were we involved
- This project called on technical expertise and skills in facilitation, project management, storytelling and content development
- We were able to place emphasis on pre-project communications, spending time working with Hadrian's Wall Trust to define their requirements
- Through this project we are proud to contribute to Newcastle University's mission by committing our expertise to the social and cultural development of the North East of England
This project ran until summer 2014