Newport / Casnewydd
31 Mar ‘23
Unit 12, Kingsway Centre, John Frost Square, Newport, NP20 1EW
StoryTrails features digital experiences that invites residents to experience Newport like they’ve never seen before through augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and an immersive emotional map of Newport. The experiences centre around Newport library as well as on the streets of Newport 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 Newport.
Outside the library you can start a guided bespoke augmented reality trail which takes you on an interactive tour of Newport. 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 Screen and Sound Archive, The National Library of Wales archive and local and national archives you can uncover untold stories presenting a window into the past.
What’s on offer at Newport Library?
• 6 Virtual Reality Experiences
• Interactive Spacial Map Installation
• Augmented Reality Trail: ‘Meet The Freckletons’
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 The Screen and Sound Archive, The National Library of Wales 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 Newport made up of 3D models, and audio stories captured on location. You will also have the opportunity to explore further stories via bespoke virtual reality experiences on headsets.
Newport library is located on the 1st floor, with a lift available to all floors. The main library access is level.
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