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App offers insight into past

An innovative app that allows users to explore the history of Old College in 3D is available for free download.

Old College app

‘The University of Edinburgh, Old College: A Window on the Past’ was produced by the University as a guide for visitors to Old College.

How to download

The free app can be downloaded for use on Apple iPad or Android Tablet devices.

Augmented reality

Professor Mary Bownes, Senior Vice-Principal External Engagement, commissioned Edinburgh-based digital engagement specialists Luma 3d Interactive to develop the app.

Using augmented reality, the app presents a 3D visualisation of the Old College site based on recent archaeological excavations and a range of historical sources.

Its interactive time slider allows users to explore the origins, development and archaeological history of the site, from its ecclesiastical origins in the 13th century to the present day.

I had an idea it would be fantastic to follow on from the archaeological discoveries during the resurfacing of the Old College Quad to investigate our history in a very visual and accessible way.

Professor Mary BownesSenior Vice-Principal External Engagement

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