CityStrata Cinemapping Project

posted by Michael Zoldessy on April 19, 2012 at 7:55 am

BRISTOL, ENGLAND — The University of West England is currently working on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) funded REACT Hub ‘Heritage Sandbox’ project to create a mobile smartphone app linked to Bristol City Council’s Know Your Place arcGIS database which is used by the archaeological officer and planning department to inform the future development of the city.

‘City Strata’ is a new mobile curation / authoring platform which enables users to explore different layers of Bristol’s heritage, going back to the first maps of the city in 1750. The platform will enable developers to create different layers or ways of experiencing the city, that their users can then enhance by uploading their own content.

The platform will be protoyped with the ‘Cinemap’ layer – which provides a way of navigating the city and experiencing Bristol’s cinematic heritage in the spaces where it actually happened. From the ghost of Robert Partington-Jackson, the murdered manager of the Odeon, Union Street, to Cary Grant’s childhood cinema on Clare Street.

The project has just started and they will be blogging about it in earnest.

We aim to populate the Know Your Place database / map with as much rich content as possible, including the Whiteladies Picture House mentioned above. If anyone has any information, archive materials or memories about any of Bristol’s rich cinema history, then please email them.

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