31 Mar ‘23
Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX
StoryTrails features digital experiences that invites residents to experience Blackpool like they’ve never seen before through augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and an immersive emotional map of Blackpool. The experiences centre around Blackpool library as well as on the streets of Blackpool itself. Or you can experience it from the comfort of your own home by downloading the Story-Trails app.
Immersive technology allows audiences to travel through time and space to experience the place where they live in new and magical ways. You can explore stories across virtual and augmented reality and via a series of installations by visiting the StoryTrails station at your local participating library. 92% of participants in StoryTrails said they’d learnt something new about their town or city using AR. Download the Story-Trails app here and see what you can discover for yourself about Blackpool.
Outside the library you can start a guided bespoke augmented reality trail which takes you on an interactive tour of Bristol. All equipment can be borrowed for free from the library. Local landmarks are transformed to become interactive scenes through which you can explore history at or close to the location it took place in. Created featuring archive footage and recordings from the BBC, BFI and The North West Film archive and local and national archives you can uncover untold stories presenting a window into the past.
What’s on offer at Blackpool Library?
• 6 Virtual Reality Experiences
• Interactive Spacial Map Installation
• Augmented Reality Trail: ‘The Queercoaster’
Download Our App
Download the free StoryTrails app and explore our AR trails in your town or city, or at home!
Guided by the Story-Trails mobile AR app, you will be led at your own pace to different story points along a fixed route. If doing the trail on location, you will enter a virtual story portal outside the local participating library to begin your StoryTrails experience. Or you can access any of the 15 StoryTrails locations trails from home via the Story-Trails app. Using a mix of stunning augmented reality experiences that remix the BFI, BBC and North West Film archive, you will experience history where it actually happened, revitalising the streets upon which you stand with new voices and untold stories of the past. Inside the library you will be immersed in a unique virtual map of Blackpool made up of 3D models, and audio stories captured on location.
Blackpool library has one main entrance, with no steps. The front door will open automatically. Inside the library, there is a ramp on the right hand side, up to the ground floor lobby, or six steps. The ramp has a right, 90-degree angle turn. There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor. All of the experiences are on the ground floor. There is a lift to the first floor, however wheelchair users should be aware the corridor upstairs is quite narrow (85cm) – this is only relevant for staff and volunteers though, not visitors.
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