We aim to work with London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) to transform their existing LINEAR text-based learning offering and gallery “The Genius of Bazalgette” into an immersive augmented reality (AR) experience, easily deliverable on a tablet or smart phone to be consumed in the home, school and in the London's Olympic Park in Stratford. Our project takes a historical issue, the story of Bazalgette and the construction of London’s sewerage system, which we are confident will engage young people, whilst introducing a range of important and timely social issues, notably disease, poverty and public health, where there is substantial information now available. Teachers, parents and learners will have the ability to view 2D images and 3D objects within a scaled virtual gallery. We will be partnered in the project by both heritage institutions and heritage education programmers responsible for delivering heritage learning in schools and youth clubs.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Hyperactive Developments proposes the production of TWO free phone/tablet based downloadable apps which allow learners to “Think with History”: 1. A table-top AR map of Bazalgette’s London, where the viewer will be able to zoom into the sewer system and pumping stations, but also the bridges, embankments and roads which he built in 19th century London, this experience will be structured with 4 different chapters telling different parts of Bazalgette’s journey; and 2. A large-scale virtual gallery of Bazalgette’s public works, where the viewer can walk around a space examine particular images and archives relating to Bazalgette’s public works using a tablet or mobile phone. We plan to launch a complete 5G mixed reality experience in the London Olympic Park in the summer of 2022. East London based Hyperactive Developments developed this projects as a coming together of its interests in storytelling, design, mobile phone technology, local history and urban planning.
Steps to get it done:
Our AR experiences are being designed for British curriculum Secondary School and GCSE students of Geography, and Design and Technology, University students, museum visitors, London historians and enthusiasts. By targeting the AR content at students, we hope young people will guide family members in the home to try the technology and journey through 19th century London on their devices. We plan to use apps which will be available in ARcore (Andriod) and ARKit (Apple OS). Users will be able to use on their phones/tablets. Schools will be advised to use tablets. The AR applications will also be AR glasses ready. We are already working with The London Legacy Development Agency in developing this project as a permanent projects set within the Olympic Park. We have also developed a structured work experience opportunity for selected young East London residents to work with us in developing their immersive digital skills in the creation of the assets and final experience.
About the space
London Borough of Newham