What is an AR trail?
Guided by a mobile AR app, you will be led at your own pace to different story points along a route with a choice of story trails to follow. Outside the local library, you will enter a virtual story portal to begin your StoryTrails experience. Using a mix of stunning augmented reality experiences that remix the BFI and BBC archives, you will experience history where it actually happened, revitalising the streets upon which they stand with new voices and untold stories of the past. Inside the library you will be immersed and fly through a unique virtual map of each town which will be made up of 3D models, and audio stories captured on location.
How does it work?
Travel through a neon portal to begin your journey exploring stories that highlight who we were in the past, who we are now, and where we are heading into the future. These AR trails were built using a range of new technologies. From LiDAR 3D scanning to spatial audio, experience storytelling live never before.
Popular examples include Pokemon Go, which allowed Niantic to place virtual Pokemon into the real world. StoryTrails will be doing the same with archive, people, places and objects from the past, bringing them into the real world and allowing audiences to interact and experience history within their local environment in new and exciting ways.
AR in StoryTrails
We have three individual AR experiences available across each stop of the tour.
1) A Moment Across Time
- A one-stop national experience
2) Virtual Cinema
- A one-stop experience
3) Walking Your Town Specific Trail
- A longer 5-7 stop walking trail experience
"StoryTrails will help to shape the future of the creative industries and pioneer creative storytelling in the 3D internet."
Professor David Olusoga,
Broadcaster and Film-maker and Executive Producer of StoryTrails
StoryTrails is a unique immersive storytelling experience, led by StoryFutures Academy which is run by Royal Holloway, University of London and the National Film and Television School (NFTS).
A key part of the StoryTrails project is the creation of 15 new “spatial maps” of different towns and cities across the UK.