The following are case studies showing examples of our most recent, and our earliest projects illustrating how quickly our work has developed within a short space of time.We aim to keep to the forefront of digital technology.
1. Dream St.Helens
Dream the landmark sculpture by Jaume Plensa sits on the top of the spoil heap of the former Sutton Manor Colliery. The area is now Community Woodland owned by St.Helens Council and managed by the Forestry Commission.
We were commissioned to research, devise and carry out a scheme of digital interpretation that would enhance a visit to Dream, telling the stories of the site, and also encouraging visitors to the wider area.
We consulted, and worked with a partnership involving St.Helens Council, the Forestry Commission, The Mersey Forest, The ex Miners Committee, The Shining Lights Heritage Group, and local schools to use cutting edge technology in our interpretation scheme.We also arranged a Community Consultation and Reminiscence Day.
Visitors can now access adult and childrens audio walks, and podcasts available by download, diall up, QR codes and smartphone apps. They can also discover views and understand them through use of a digital “toposcope”. In addition families can follow geocaching trails and children can be “Image Hunters. Most excitingly we produced apps enabling visitors to see realtime 3d visualisations of the former pithead.
We installed Wifi and produced supporting materials included an education pack for local primary schools, new signage, leaflets and merchandising.
As Jaume Plensa himself said, “When we Dream anything is possible”.
2. Heather and Hillforts Project
We were commissioned by the award winning Heather and Hillforts landscape partnership led by Denbighshire CC to produce a scheme of digital interpretation involving mp3 download and dial up mobile phone access to interpret the series of hillforts across the Clwydian Range. This was then a first for Wales.
The project involved many partners including Denbighshire CC, Flintshire CC, Cadw, AONB, Cadwyn Clwyd, The National Trust, CCW, Forestry Commission, The Royal Commission Of Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and Offas Dyke National Trail.
Our work aimed to fulfil the projects remitt of “reconnecting people to the uplands, increasing their enjoyment of its heritage, through education, and interpretation.”
Both the mp3 downloads, and phone trail has been extremely popular and was featured by the BBC on the Programme “Weatherman Walking”. We were asked to extend the tour to cover Caer Drewyn, and produce content for a blue tooth bus tour in the Vale of Clwyd.