In June 2001 Leicester City Museums Service and its partners successfully gained a grant from the New Opportunities Fund to develop a website celebrating the history of the East Midlands knitting industry. The Knitting Together project commenced in December 2001 digitising objects from museum collections in the region.
This App represents a follow-up to that work with interactive, location-based information about the heritage of the knitting industry to be found in central Leicester.
Knitting Together is also part of the Spinning the Web consortium (Manchester City Council, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council).
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The AR Roman Leicester App is a location-based virtual reconstruction which seeks to bring some aspects of Roman Leicester (Ratae Corieltauvorum) in the year 210 AD to life through 3D graphics and augmented reality.
It has been developed by De Montfort University in association with Mixed Reality Ltd and with support from Leicester Arts and Museum Service and the University of Leicester Archaeological Services.
You can view a selection of 3D Roman buildings and artefacts using either the map or gallery page.
Having selected a building or artefact, you can learn more about it, see a Roman ‘brooch’ acting as a compass pointing towards the original ‘find’ location, and view an interactive 3D model.
If you are close enough to the real location, an Augmented Reality view is activated that allows you to see the building or artefact overlaid visually on a camera view of the real world.
Even if you are not near the site in Leicester you can use the Settings tab to select Advanced Settings then move the pointer to wherever you wish to be on the site map.
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