Lo­cal his­tory gets hi-tech treat­ment

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JACK PAYNTER and JAMES KITTO

A NEW world-first tourism pro­ject has been launched in the Der­went Val­ley that brings his­toric ex­pe­ri­ences to life on your phone as you walk around the real world.

The Tas­ma­nian Stories Aug­ment Ex­pe­ri­ences pro­ject has cre­ated a num­ber of re­al­is­tic 3D ob­jects al­low­ing peo­ple to step back in time and ex­pe­ri­ence a wide range of emo­tions.

Along with the Der­went Val­ley, the pro­ject has been funded by the Brighton, Clar- ence City and South­ern Mid­lands coun­cils and the Depart­ment of State Growth.

In New Norfolk there will be a his­toric film ex­pe­ri­ence around Wil­low Court as well as at the Esplanade, cre­ated and de­signed by Rich­mond-based Hand­built Creative’s David Sher­ing.

Der­went Val­ley Mayor Ben Shaw said the ini­tia­tive was a great way of us­ing mod­ern tech­nol­ogy to re­spect an im­por­tant part of the re­gion’s his­tory.

“It’s fan­tas­tic and some­thing that we can build on by us­ing mod­ern tech­nol­ogy to meet our his­tory,” he said. “It also has the po­ten­tial to at­tract tech-savvy in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing the younger gen­er­a­tion, to show an in­ter­est in our past.”

Brighton tourists and lo­cals can walk around eight full sized Army tents, watch a bi­plane fly around in the sky or take cover as 1914 light horse­men ride by.

In Rich­mond peo­ple will spy a full-sized wind­mill from the early 1800s on the Vil­lage Green.

“The beauty of AR is it gives you the chance to ex­plore things that are not eas­ily poss- ible in the real world,” Mr Sher­ing said.

“Our goal is to cre­ate the most pho­to­re­al­is­tic AR ex­pe­ri­ences pos­si­ble so the world’s spot­light is fo­cused on our is­land.”

Brighton Mayor Tony Fos­ter said it was a won­der­ful way of bring­ing his­tory back to life at a site where most of the phys­i­cal rem­nants were gone.

“It has al­most no im­pact on a place and al­lows peo­ple of all ages and in­ter­ests to en­gage with the lay­ers of his­tory in our com­mu­ni­ties and the rich stories that are of­ten missed,” he said.

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