Creative Voucher Scheme
Prossimo Ventures Ltd and University of Roehampton
Mr Gary Gregson, Prossimo Ventures Ltd
Dr John Price, University of Roehampton
Bringing the past into the present: creatively mobilising historical research through Augmented Reality technology
The Watts Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice in Postman’s Park, London is a grade‐2 listed Victorian monument featuring fifty‐four ceramic tablets, each of which documents an individual who lost their own life while heroically attempting to save another. Many visitors chance upon the monument accidently and, although immediately captivated by the tragic stories, there is currently no on‐site facility or in‐situ opportunity for them to discover more. Because of its listed status, it is not possible to physically attach any form of interpretation to the tablets themselves and so another method of delivering information is required.
This project will employ Augmented Reality and Image Recognition technology, delivered via mobile platforms, to bring to life the fascinating history of the monument and, in particular, illuminate the everyday lives and heroic deaths of those commemorated. A wealth of academic research already undertaken on each of the heroic incidents will be creatively transformed into a flexible and interactive user experience in which pertinent historical information is digitally overlaid upon each tablet when viewed through the camera of a mobile device. This project will effectively bring the past into the present and allow visitors to explore and experience the monument in entirely new ways.
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