An Iodhlann has just been awarded funding of £21,300 by the Scottish Digital Research and Development Fund for Arts and Culture to make historic archive material available through a mobile application whilst ‘on the ground’ walking, cycling or driving around the island.
Have you ever been walking, seen something and wondered “what is that?”, or been looking for something that you know is there, but can’t find on the ground – perhaps the Kirkapol stone crosses? By the end of the project (March next year), you will be able to download an “An Iodhlann” application onto any smartphone or tablet. This will show you information about nearby sites and artefacts … and help you find them. And in case you are wondering – yes this will work when there is no mobile signal!
As well as adding an extra service for those who already visit An Iodhlann, we hope that this will attract new users, especially younger tourists.
The Scottish Digital Research and Development Fund for Arts and Culture is run by Nesta, Creative Scotland and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). This was a highly competitive process with 52 applications of which just 6 were funded. The other successful organisations are:
The National Piping Centre, Lyceum Theatre Company and the Edinburgh Cultural Quarter, Dundee Contemporary Arts, National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Film Theatre and Edinburgh Filmhouse. These are all big city organisations as were the projects funded by an earlier similar programme run by Nesta England. As the only rural-based project, this is a great achievement for Tiree and a great challenge for us over the next nine months! In addition, a team of researchers from the Universities of Stirling, Strathclyde and St Andrews will be studying the progress of all the projects, so we will become an exemplar of advanced technology adoption in rural communities … no pressure 🙂