A hi-tech heritage trail inspired by pandemic restrictions has been developed at Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels and Gardens by Animmersion UK.

The Teesside-based digital visualisation specialist has created an augmented reality app to showcase key artefacts at the attraction at Ushaw, County Durham.

The app features ten locations where 3-D images and videos of historic objects emerge by scanning a QR code or by users triggering the app. Voiceovers also explain the featured exhibits.

The idea of a state-of-the-art heritage trail was sparked by the Covid pandemic when Ushaw‘s buildings had to close and only its gardens remained open to the public.

The free app, which works on both iPhones and Android mobile phones, has now gone live.
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Andrew Heard, Ushaw Historic House, Chapels & Gardens’ visitor programmes manager, said: “We chose Animmersion UK because its experts have an outstanding reputation in creating high quality, engaging, and immersive applications.

“The work they have produced is absolutely fantastic. We have worked very closely with the team and to see the way they have brought the trail to life is remarkable. Their ingenuity and innovation are second-to-none.

“It is a wonderful asset for Ushaw and really enhances the experience for our visitors.”

Andi Liddell, a director at Animmersion UK, said: “Our expertise in Augmented Reality, and our talented team of 3D animators have enabled us to bring some of the treasures of Ushaw back to life, ready to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages”.

Mr Heard added: “We wanted to make our historic exhibits more accessible and in doing so create greater interest to a wider audience.

“The objective is to give an entertaining introduction to the range of collections we have. We hope our digital heritage trail will pique people’s interest and tempt them to learn and see more within the house and its chapels,”
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