Phone app will virtually transform wall experience

Visitors to the Antonine Wall will soon be able to download a custom-made mobile phone app - thanks to a £150k funding windfall.

The Antonine Wall runs through Kirkintilloch's Peel Park
The Antonine Wall runs through Kirkintilloch's Peel Park

The Creative Europe cash will be used to give tourists and residents alike a more interactive experience through the use of augmented reality - the technology used in the successful Pokemon Go game - and 3D reconstructions of life during Roman times.

The three year Advanced Limes Applications project (ALApp) is a partnershipbetween Historic Environment Scotland, The Glasgow-based Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation (CDDV), the Bavarian State Department for Monument Protection, and Austrian firm Edufilm und medien GmbH, who specialise in the production of heritage based digital applications.

The final products will also be made available, free of charge, to other countries along the line of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site, such as the Netherlands and Hungary, to enable them to create their own bespoke versions.

Dr Patricia Weeks, Antonine Wall World Heritage Site Co-ordinator for Historic Environment Scotland, said: “Over the last twelve months we have made great strides in digitally interpreting the Antonine Wall. Thanks to this significant commitment from Creative Europe, as well as Historic Environment Scotland’s own substantial investment, we are now able to build on that work and expand our use of innovative technologies to engage the widest audience possible.

“The project is a great model of international partnership working and ultimately we will share the technology with other countries free of charge, which should benefit the entire sector.”

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