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The Roman occupation of London lasted for some 300 years.The Museum of London has joined with AETN UK ’s flagship channel HISTORY™ to develop a new app which gives users the opportunity to see Roman London as it was 2,000 years ago.

Museum of London

The video following shows the interactive features of the app, including a gladiator fight if you advance to 6:00 minutes. You can play the video at different speeds using the speed control on the bottom Youtube panel.

While this is certainly an impressive app for the Museum, one would think that book publishers would want every student of the history of the Roman Empire in London to be able to see this app (and more) in history books and textbooks.

According to the Museum’s website,

“Key Roman sites in London, such as the amphitheater at Guilhall, will be brought to life through augmented reality videos- produced by HISTORY – which will overlay scenes of ancient London against today’s modern backdrop. Soundscapes will also allow users to the hustle and bustle of the forum or the sounds of ritual incantations at the Temple of Mithras.
All these immersive experiences will be brought together on a new map of of Roman London compiled and produced by the Museum of London Archaeology- which will be superimposed on a map of the modern capital, allowing users to see how the city has changed and grown over the last 2,000 years.”

This app is an excellent example of meeting 4 of the 6 principles for art in the new media: (outlined on the Purpose page), it is accessible, interactive, comparative, and shows a continuum of human experience. The app has architecture, maps, archaeology, gladiator fights, and street scenes with sounds. Improvements can be made in the areas of viewer directed, and the ability to be manipulated, allowing the user to use their creativity to examine, adapt, and explore on their own.

The Streetmuseum Londinium app follows on the succes of the Museum’s first app of London, Streetmuseum (more on that in a future post), both developed by the creative agency, Brothers and Sisters. Streetmuseum Londinium is available internationally and is free to download for iPhones and iPads.


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