Film and Media students from UWE are being invited to take the lead in developing a new app for visitors to Clifton Suspension Bridge. The app will tell the history of the bridge, bringing it to life through audio and video storytelling. It will be available free of charge to users of apple and android devices, providing visitors with their own personal guided tour of the bridge.
The students will be trained in app development by local digital media company Calvium Ltd. They will also liaise closely with Codsteaks, the company leading the creative development of a new exhibition about the bridge, who also created exhibition spaces for M-Shed and ss Great Britain and worked on the film ‘Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!’ They will be granted access to the Suspension Bridge archives, as well as parts of the structure normally off limits to the public, in order to create video and picture content which will help visitors to understand the structure. The students’ work-based learning will be observed by Dr Charlotte Crofts as part of a UWE Teaching and Learning Fellowship portfolio.
The project has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is due to begin in May. The app and the exhibition are scheduled for launch at the Suspension Bridge’s new Heritage and Learning Centre in Leigh Woods in December 2014.
Chris Booy, Chairman of the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, said “the new app will enhance visits to the bridge by providing an immediate, on location experience and giving the Trust a method of providing interpretation 24 hours a day. Over half a million people visit the Bridge each year and we are sure that they will find the app a valuable addition to their visit.”
UWE Students with experience in photography, film and video, scriptwriting, audio recording, interviewing, researching or directing should contact Laura Hilton, Visitor Services Manger, Clifton Suspension Bridge at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and an application from before the end of April.