Leicester Castle Tells Its Story
DATE: Spring 2015
GENRE: NESTA R&D Project
STATUS: In Development
COMPANY: metro, boulot-dodo, locly, University of Leicester
Leicester Castle Tells Its Story is currently under development with MBD, Locly and Leicester University all working in partnership to look at the use of technology in Historical Interpretation. The samples of audio given are from the very early drafts created to test the beacons in Leicester's Great Hall.
Leicester's Great Hall is the only remaining part of the fortified area that made up Leicester Castle. Now a Victorian Court room, much of the history of this space is hidden from view. From the visit of Richard III, right through to the infamous Green Bicycle Murder, MBD have been tasked with bringing to life the stories and characters that have inhabited this space.
Part of Arts Council England & NESTA's Digital R&D fund, Leicester Castle Tell's its Story is an R&D project that explores how Bluetooth Beacons can be used to bring to life a historic building that has very little staffing and resource, with much of the building no longer in existence. These restrictions are common across many historic sites, but with the help of technology, it is now becoming possible to unlock media rich content in a way that is intuitive for visitors. Audio, video and trail based tours will be trialled as part of the project to assess user behaviour and help the wider community understand the benefits of this approach to interpretation.