A new app by the Office for the Protection of Monuments (Denkmalschutzamt) and the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) brings English engineer William Lindley to life with augmented reality and gives vivid insight into his work in Hamburg. Lindley played a key role in Hamburg in the wake of the Great Fire in 1842 and set the course for the city to become a modern metropolis. The app sees him become a digital guide for users and explains his endeavours for Hamburg.
Digital experience of English know-how
“The app makes European urban and cultural history tangible. Street after street, we can trace the reconstruction of Hamburg after the Great Fire. We follow with William Lindley not only a pioneer of modern urban development, but also a personality who was at home in numerous European cities and stands for an open and tolerant society. The app offers an exciting foray through an important chapter in Hamburg’s history that would never have existed without European exchange,” said Jana Schiedek, State Councillor for Culture and Media.
Bringing history to life
The app was developed during the European Heritage Year 2018 to promote public awareness of monuments. The Denkmalschutzamt Hamburg, HAW, Shape-Shift – a provider of real-time applications using virtual and mixed reality, and the cultural mediators Silvia Hartel and Wolfgang Wiedey developed the app jointly.