An open-access, multimedia heritage archive that provides a lasting resource for the whole Garnock connections project area.
By allowing any user to upload items, the whole community will be invited to take part in preserving their cultural and natural heritage. Users will be able to peruse the archive like a virtual museum, discovering items linked by subject, theme, historical period, or location. In addition, the archive will contain a
exploring specific themes or stories of the area in greater detail through creative interpretation of the archive, such as artworks, and sound collage. This will be updated periodically throughout 2019-2022.
The archive will be a tool for individuals, organisations and groups to support their work. By creating a profile and adding items to the archive, users can place their local heritage within a wider context, reach a broader audience, attract visitors to their websites or facilities, back up items in a secure location and communicate/collaborate with others who are as passionate as them.
This heritage interpretation project is delivered by
as part of the wider work of Garnock Connections; connecting people and places through celebrating and sharing stories about nature, industry and people.
The project will be developed through partnership working, collaboration with local people and the delivery of creative public walks, workshops and events. Building on the knowledge of local organisations, this project hopes to create a regional resource for heritage that highlights the breadth and depth of discovery that can take place across this wide landscape.
Starting in spring of 2019 and running until spring 2022,
Places That We Know
will result in a bespoke set of digital tools and interpretation pieces designed for long term community use and benefit. Outputs include a Heritage Trail app and map, a ‘Sense of Place Toolkit’, an open online Heritage Archive for the community, a Virtual Reality visualisation and physical interpretation in the landscape and at key gateway sites.
If you want to find out more or are keen to get involved, please feel free to get in touch.
There are many other exciting projects happening as part of
including habitat restoration, archaeology, heritage training and much, much more.
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A iOS and Android app to help you explore and record your experiences of the Garnock Connections area.
Firstly, it will inform users about the area’s heritage by highlighting trails or points of interest on an interactive map.
Secondly, groups and individuals will be able to create their own trails, drawing on their unique local knowledge and sharing them with others, be they locals or visitors to the area.
Thirdly, the app will provide access to the online heritage archive. While out walking, users will be able to browse archive items relating to the area, or contribute new images, audio or videos there and then.
Finally, the app will offer curated guides around selected trails or locations. These will be artistic experiences involving creative interpretation of the archive and careful application of augmented reality technology to enhance, rather than distract from, one’s real world experience.
Launching with 2-3 guides, this collection will be expanded periodically throughout 2019-2022.
The final curated heritage trails will also be available in traditional map format to download and print or collect from sites across the Garnock Connections area.
Physical improvements and new creative interpretation will be designed for 2 key gateway sites: the RSPB Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Lochwinnoch and the TugBoat at The Scotish Maritime Museum, Irvine.
Bespoke interpretation in the landscape will be developed and installed throughout selected trails. These physical installations will assist with wayfinding and provide new places to rest, picnic or enjoy scenic viewpoints.
An openly accessible resource presenting practical materials for engaging with the unique and special heritage of communities across the Garnock Connections Area.
This toolkit will include key messages about local distinctiveness, a thematic approach to heritage topics, maps, guides, statistics, images and case studies to assist with promoting the area and developing projects.
Sense of Place Toolkit
will be available to view or download via the
Places That We Know
An immersive visualisation experience that will allow users to experience their landscape and heritage in new and impossible ways using Virtual Reality and multimedia technology.
The creative concept will be developed through workshops with local young people, drawing inspiration and source material from archival content.