31 Mar ‘23
Central Library, Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 1XZ
StoryTrails features digital experiences that invites residents to experience Sheffield like they’ve never seen before through augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and an immersive emotional map of Sheffield. The experiences centre around Sheffield library as well as on the streets of Sheffield 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 Swansea.
Outside the library you can start a guided bespoke augmented reality trail which takes you on an interactive tour of Swansea. 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 Yorkshire & North East Film archive and local and national archives you can uncover untold stories presenting a window into the past.
What’s on offer at Sheffield Library?
• 6 Virtual Reality Experiences
• Interactive Spacial Map Installation
• Two Augmented Reality Trails: ‘Ethel The Green Queen of Sheffield’ & ‘Crafty Grace’
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 Yorkshire & North East 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 Sheffield made up of 3D models, and audio stories captured on location.
Sheffield library has steps to the front entrance. Wheelchair and pushchair access is at the rear of the building at the Arundel Gate entrance (signposted at the main entrance). Everything is situated on the ground floor of the library for the Stortrails tour. The toilet is located behind the area where the VR is happening.
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