App to let people engage with heritage on the go
New Delhi: Seeking to engage people with architectural legacy and the forgotten stories of the past, a new heritage app is all set to be launched on Tuesday that will allow them to “digitally interact” with Delhi’s cultural landmarks.
The app — Safarnama — is endowed with an “enormous range of material” drawn from archives in India and abroad, said Deborah Sutton, the principal investigator of the project.
“From conception to execution, the project has taken us nearly two years, and the app uses the GPS location of the phone to pinpoint the heritage buildings nearby it with a small notification that pops up once in the vicinity,” Sutton told PTI.
She said the idea of such an app is to make people engage with history and heritage on a daily basis and on the go.
The Android-based app, available on Google Play, has two components — Delhi Partition City and Ghadar se Azadi Tak — spanning the period from 1857-1947.
“After downloading the app, a user will need to scan QR codes available on customised postcards which we have designed for the project. After scanning, the user would be able to access the archival material pre-loaded in the app,” said Sutton, who is from Lancaster University in the UK.