Holbeck Audiowalk

Every place has a story – many stories, in fact. Ever wondered what it would be like to wander through an area listening to those stories and experiences, told to you by the very people who have lived them? That is one of the aims of this project.

Holbeck Audiowalk builds upon Simon Bradley’s MA dissertation, ‘Identities of place and community: an audio walk of Holbeck, Leeds’, which was based on interviews with 20 residents, planners and community workers during 2010.

The walk is now being developed and extended with more interviews and information as part of an AHRC-funded PhD project exploring the implications of the converging fields of locative/pervasive media, GPS and augmented reality in relation to the presentation of oral history.

Simon Bradley and Phil Legard are developing a mobile app bringing users and developers the optimum experience for geo-located oral history. Download the Holbeck Audiowalk app free on Android HERE – let us know how you get on!

 Larger map here

Read all about it in this recent article by Alison Bellamy in the Yorkshire Evening Post – HERE!

As yet, we haven’t produced a version of the app for iPhone, but you can play the located audio files using Layar technology – click HERE for info on downloading Layar, then look out for the Audision Holbeck Audiowalk layer when you’re in the area (see map).

Here is a panorama of the spot where the walk begins on Office Bridge next to Candle House over the Leeds Liverpool Canal (use mouse/trackpad to manipulate your view):

…for updates as they occur.

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