Lowestoft Church gets AR Tour and Live Nestcam

Our Lady Star of the Sea’ is a late-Victorian Catholic church situated in Lowestoft town centre on the East coast of England. As part of a major refurbishment the church wanted to improve its visitor experience in a way that was robust and suitable to its challenging coastal and urban environment.

They engaged the University of York Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture who came up with interpretation ideas, and recommended Info-Point as the delivery mechanism. Key points were the ability to host an Augmented Reality (AR) panorama with information hot-spots, the provision of a webcam to enable intimate live views of endangered Kittiwake gulls nesting in the tower, and the provision of ruggedised tablet PCs for volunteer guides.

The interpretation project was implemented by York University’s Patrick Gibbs who commented; “The open and standards-based architecture of Info-Point meant that I was able to integrate my own AR features and, at the same time, leave the client in control of updating their content. Future growth and development is always a possibility.”

Following a Heritage Open Day using Info-Point Tours, client Project Director Tony Walmsley reported: "It went really well. We introduced it to visitors as a means to do their conducted tour, to start where they wanted and to look at what they were interested in. That allowed them to relax and go at their own pace.  Some visitors who used it stayed for more than an hour."