Launch of augmented reality trail at Peterborough Cathedral 10th April
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, is to launch a new augmented reality trail at Peterborough Cathedral on Wednesday 10th April.
Some young Cathedral visitors will be joining him, so can help if he needs any advice on finding his way around the Cathedral using the app.
When: 10th April
Where: Peterborough Cathedral
The trail has been made using the award-winning Gamar app, which has been used by some of London’s top attractions, including the British Museum and Madame Tussauds, as well as more locally by Belvoir Castle and Doddington Hall.
Visitors can download the free app to their mobile phone or tablet before they arrive, then explore the Cathedral using visual recognition to find the trail’s stops. Each stop triggers snippets of information about the history and purpose of the Cathedral, as well as augmented reality animations, ‘hands on’ games and puzzles. Look out for a leaping fish in the font, try your hand at playing a tune in the choir stalls, and rearrange Jesus and his disciples in a jigsaw of the Apse Chapel ceiling. The Victorian Gurney Stove heaters also feature as one of the stops.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who is on a visit to the Diocese of Peterborough from 8 th – 10 th April, said:
“Cathedrals are places of welcome for all sorts of people, so it’s wonderful to have a variety of ways in which they can get information and experience their visit. God has given us Cathedrals as places of fun, joy and good news. Cathedrals are places that do exciting, imaginative things, and I warmly welcome this innovative new way of helping people engage with sacred spaces and, ultimately, with Jesus Christ.”
The Very Revd Chris Dalliston, Dean of Peterborough, added:
“We are delighted that the Archbishop is able to launch our new app during his visit to the diocese. It is designed with a family audience in mind, but it is really for anyone who likes to reach for their phone, or to play a game, as a way to find things out. I’d encourage anyone to download it, then come along during the Easter holidays to give it a try. We’d love to have your feedback.”
To download the app, go to the Apple App Store or Google Play and search for ‘Gamar Ltd’. Then look for the ‘Peterborough Cathedral Trail’ to download. Once you have downloaded the trail, you are ready to come to the Cathedral and play.
The Gamar app can be downloaded, free of charge, onto any Apple or Android handheld device via the Apple App Store or Google Play. Once the app is downloaded, click on the ‘Peterborough Cathedral Trail’.
Visitors should download the app before their visit. No Wi-Fi is needed to use the trail once it has been downloaded. There are various free Wi-Fi points in Peterborough City Centre.
The app can be enjoyed without sound, but if visitors would like to hear the sound effects used on some stops, they are asked to bring their headphones, so as not to disturb other visitors.