The App

A new way to interpret historical spaces.

Draw doorways in the air and step through to come face to face with the stories of Downhill Demesne. HistorySpace uses the latest mobile technologies including augmented reality and geo-location to provide visitors to Mussenden and Downhill with new forms of interpretive content that will engage and immerse them in the history of the site in innovative and exciting ways. By linking physical and virtual spaces, HistorySpace prompts visitors to Mussenden and Downhill to explore the majestic clifftop location and discover the music, art, legends and stories of the people who lived there hundreds of years ago – with their phone in one hand and feet firmly on the ground Requiring the visitor to physically engage with the physical space in order to understand the history of the site is at the core of the project. Using the HistorySpace app, the visitor is essentially acting out stories to understand what is would have been like to live at Downhill during the life and times of Bishop...

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The Games

Play through History Spaces

Enter a History Space and your movements will unlock games based on history, geography and myth. USING GAMES TO TELL STORIES In presenting new visual objects on which the user can connect to the histories of the site, the approach to the design connects the activities of the viewer to the wider activities implicated in the production of content. Requiring the visitor to physically engage with the physical space in order to understand the history of the site is at the core of the project. Using the HistorySpace app, the visitor is essentially acting out stories to understand what is would have been like to live at Downhill during the life and times of Bishop Hervey. How to play The geographical area around the site has been ‘zoned’ with specific content geo-tagged to specific places within the site. The different zones include: Bishop’s Gate Mausoleum Lion’s Gate Dovecote Downhill Place Mussenden Temple Black Glen Belevedere In order to access the digital content that has been geo-tagged in each of the zones, the user is prompted to open the ‘doorways’...

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The Location

Downhill Demesne & Mussenden Temple

A ruined mansion, a crazy bishop and a library perched impossibly on a cliff! Telling the story of Downhill: At the start of the project, the project team carried out research to identify the knowledge that visitors to into the attitudes and knowledge that visitors to the site. This revealed that little is known of the local history related to the area, even by those that live in NI. Both tourists and those that near the coastal route said they felt Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne is not well-promoted compared with other Cultural Heritage sites in the area, such as Giant’s Causeway or Carrick-a-reed rope bridge. Many visitors said they came to the site as they ‘stumbled across it’ when driving to Giant’s Causeway or Portrush, or when visiting Benone or Downhill Beach. Once at the site, they actively look for information related to the history of the site – either brochures on site or using a search engine on their phone to look up the historical significance. Visitors to Downhill are intrigued by the historical myths and stories...

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Available on the iOS App Store

Available on the iOS App Store

iPhone Users

Click here for iOS version:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/history-space/id604932739?mt=8

Available on Google Play

Available on Google Play

Android Users

Click here for Google Play version:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bigmotive.historyspace