Location-aware apps exploring the life & culture of Cornwall.
Our first location-aware app, Walkabout St Ives, has been shortlisted for a Media Innovation Award, a joint initiative by all of the media, design and music clusters in South West England. The yearly event celebrates the most innovative use of media and design, and promotes the best of the creative industries. The 2013 awards party will be held on 21st November in Plymouth.
Telling Our Story: awen production’s Walkabout West Cornwall app celebrates £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant
awen productions cic is one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant.This exciting project, Walkabout West Cornwall, led by awen productions cic, has been awarded £10,000 to produce a heritage-based archive app exploring Penwith’s cultural and social history.
All Our Stories, a brand new small grant programme, launched in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story – has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage.With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.
The popular series, presented by historian Michael Wood and supported by a programme of BBC learning activities and events, appealed to thousands of us asking questions about our history, and inspired us to look at our history in a different way, through the eyes of ordinary people.
Following awen’s successful Walkabout St Ives app, Walkabout West Cornwall is the second of a series of heritage-based apps designed for mobile phones and tablets. The project continues to collaborate with regional cultural organizations, including Penzance’s Penlee Gallery and Museum, to unlock stories of the past using photographic, fine art, archive film and archaeological collections. Drawing on Penlee Gallery’s dedicated volunteers' local knowledge and skills, the project will reveal cultural stories by mapping assets within West Cornwall’s ancient landscape as a journey through time.
TV presenter Michael Wood said: “We British love our history, and no wonder: few nations in the world, if any, have such riches on their doorstep, and so much of it accessible to all of us.It is really tremendous that the people of West Cornwall have been inspired to get involved to tell their own story and dig deeper into their own past.It’s brilliant that so many people are being given the chance to get involved through the All Our Story grants. Having travelled the length and breadth of the British Isles filming The Great British Story, I am certain that fascinating and moving stories will be uncovered which will not only bring to life the excitement of local history, but will illuminate and enrich every communities connection with the national narrative.”
Nick Harpley of awen productions joins Penlee’s volunteers as they look at aerial photos from the 1950’s of Mount’s Bay.
Commenting on the award, Barbara Santi of awen productions said “We are thrilled to making our second cultural app, and excited to be working with the wonderful Penlee Gallery, whose artefacts and collections give so much pleasure to people. We’ve been so impressed by the work of Penlee’s volunteers and hope that their incredible knowledge of the area becomes accessible to as many people as possible.”
Richard Bellamy, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: “Clearly the success of All Our Stories has reinforced the fact that we are indeed a nation of storytellers and that we want to explore and dig deeper into our past and discover more about what really matters to us. This is exactly what the grant will do for the Walkabout West Cornwall app project as the participants embark on a real journey of discovery.”