The Tees Transporter Bridge Heritage App guides users around the Transporter Bridge and the town on a virtual heritage trail using the latest geo-location and augmented reality technology.
Launched by Middlesbrough Council as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project, the state-of-the-art Heritage App was developed by Indigo Multimedia,
The latest addition to the Visitor Experience also includes a feature that guides visitors along the Bridge’s upper walkway, now accessible via a glass panelled lift which provides unique views across the Tees Valley.
Other enhancements as part of the project have included installation of touchscreen interactives in the renovated Visitor Centre, a new Winding House Viewing Area and enhancements to the gondola.
Dr Tosh Warwick, Heritage Development Officer for Middlesbrough Council, who had a key role in this ground-breaking project said: “The Tees Transporter Bridge Heritage App helps bring our area’s landmark structure to life using the latest augmented reality technology and celebrates the rich heritage of the surrounding area.
“The App utilises unique material from the collections of Middlesbrough Libraries and Teesside Archives to tell the story of key individuals and locations in the area’s culture and heritage spanning Bolckow and Vaughan to Boro’s Riverside Stadium.”
Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Deputy Mayor and Executive Member for City Centre Strategy, said: “The Transporter is one of the great icons of the North East skyline, and a symbol of Teesside’s proud industrial heritage.
“The Heritage Lottery Fund-supported upgrades have made it more accessible than ever, both as a working bridge and as a leisure destination, and this new App adds the finishing touch to this important project.
“Visitors young and old will be able to step into the rich history of the Transporter and its surroundings and find out more about what makes this area so special.”
The App was developed in partnership with a number of local community and history groups including representatives from Local History Month and Discover Middlesbrough, while students from nearby Middlesbrough College acted out the stories in a series of dramatised voiceovers that help tell the story of the area.
- The Tees Transporter Bridge Heritage App is now available to download on iTunes and Play Store.
Visit www.teestransporterbridge.com for more information. Tablets are available to borrow from the Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre for use by pre-booked groups.