AUGMENTED REALITY - AN EXPLORATION

When we started our research back in 2014, we didn't think for one minute that there would be so much interest in the subject of Augmented Reality (AR) for tourism, regeneration, communities or education. Starting with some research into the early adopters of the technology, Tartan Jigsaw has been flying the flag for Scotland's creative use of AR technology alongside a small dedicated band of key digital influencers across the country .  

Our Time Travel Scotland project was all about taking the traditional seaside community of Girvan on a journey of discovery called #FutureUnwritten. Different opportunities were created for members of the community to explore a variety of interpretive techniques, experience AR for themselves, create interesting content and feed into wider thinking around the application of this technology for places. 

As well as organising learning journeys, community engagement events, exhibitions and training sessions, we also captured Girvan's digital journey on film with Prancing Jack Productions. You can follow the whole journey on our #FutureUnwritten mini documentaryAn Interpretive Plan was created for the town and the charity was able to use this information to apply for funding to create new projects linked to the town's fascinating heritage. 

Learning from the Girvan experience, we are now keen to work with other places to develop digital trails and build new ideas for digital heritage and tourism development.