The experience of using digital walking tours to explore urban histories

Authored by: Wally Smith , Dirk vom Lehn , Hannah Lewi , Dora Constantinidis , Katie Best

The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138581296
eBook ISBN: 9780429506765
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429506765-39

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Abstract

Over the past decade, the app-based urban history tour has quietly emerged as a familiar feature of our new digital world. Entering ‘history walking tour’ into any app store produces a seemingly endless list of search results. Although reflecting the usual bias towards the Western world’s urban epicentres of both GLAM and digital content production, the list nevertheless contains a motley mixture of institutionally branded and privately developed offerings of both ‘official’ history and more offbeat historical themes.

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