City Strata App poster wins prize at international conference

Issue date: 21 February 2013

The City Strata 'Cinemapping' app, a collaboration between UWE Bristol's Digital Cultures Research Centre, Bristol City Council and creative technology company Calvium has recently won a poster prize at the Media Communications and Cultural Studies Annual Conference in Derry.

City Strata is a new mobile platform for developing heritage apps which the team have prototyped by exploring Bristol's historic cinemas: the 'Cinemapping' app maps Bristol's cinemas so that you can experience cinema history in the places where it actually happened, featuring the Grade II listed Whiteladies Picture House; and there's also a full blown immersive tour of the heart of Bristol's old commercial and leisure district that was destroyed in the Blitz called 'The Lost Cinemas of Castle Park', including The Empire Theatre - where Cary Grant had his first job as a lime-lighter - which will be published as a stand-alone app later in the Autumn.

Launched earlier this year at the REACT Heritage Sandbox showcase the App builds on Charlotte Crofts experience of designing cinema related heritage apps.

Dr Charlotte Crofts commented, “We had great fun developing the City Strata, it was very much a team effort drawing on differing expertise from creative media industries, academia and local government. It's fantastic to get this recognition at an international conference, we are delighted.

“Building on my experience of designing cinema-related heritage experiences (Charlotte designed an app for the Curzon Cinema, Clevedon earlier in the year), the work with Calvium has enabled us to build and develop a scalable platform that can be used to make other heritage and cultural location based experiences.”

See the winning poster here.

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