New apps reveal Leicester’s Cultural Quarter's hidden stories

Posted by ap507 at Nov 26, 2014 12:10 AM |
University research project celebrates public launch event on Thursday 27 November
New apps reveal Leicester’s Cultural Quarter's hidden stories

Affective Digital Histories

Two new apps designed to help visitors explore the Cultural Quarter of Leicester will be launched at a free public event on Thursday 27 November.

‘Hidden Stories’ and ‘Sounds of the Cultural Quarter’ use the latest locative technology to deliver an immersive experience for visitors to the Cultural Quarter in Leicester.

The apps consist of location-specific content – sounds from past and present, poetry, plays and narrative – which are uncovered as users explore the area, allowing them to envisage the lifestyle of Leicester in the past.

The apps are products of a University research project, ‘Affective Digital Histories: Re-creating de-industrial places, 1970s to the present’ which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), which explores the emotional transitions of communities as they engaged with changing the uses of de-industrial spaces from the 1970s onwards.

The project brought together a multidisciplinary team of experts from the University of Leicester’s departments of Management, Urban History, Geography, Museum Studies and English.

Artistic production and technical development for the apps was provided by Phoenix and Cuttlefish Media, who partnered the University of Leicester in this project.

During the event there will be music and refreshments as well as an opportunity for guests to get involved and record their own memories of the Cultural Quarter in the Affective Digital Histories video booth.

The free public event will take place at 6:30pm – 9:00pm on Thursday 27 November at the Lightbox Studio, LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE.