To assist with retaining cultural memory of the city the New Zealand Historic Places Trust are developing an interactive website focusing on the social and built history of Christchurch’s High Street Precinct. The website will bring together a collective memory of the area through images and stories of specific buildings, eras and areas of the precinct. There will be about 30 audio stories ranging from the history of the market gardens, to the rag trade, to the prostitution scene to the record stores and band scene of the 1960s – as well of course the architectural and social history of the area. Icons on a map of the area will allow listeners to select the story they wish to listen to – most of the stories will be accompanied by images and appear like mini-documentaries. A number of the icons will have other information like archaeological reports and newspaper items able to be downloaded.
We are currently in conversation with HitLab (Human Interface Technology Lab) who are looking at producing an App for the website which will make the sound maps geo-located with an Augmented Reality function. AR allows the viewer to see images of pre-earthquake buildings and streetscapes by holding up their smart device (phone or tablet) and viewing them like a portal into the past. Geo-tagged audio stories will pop up aurally and / or visually on the AR application.
Please show your support for the High Street Precinct and this exciting online heritage project by ‘liking us’, posting your own images and your experiences of the area. NZHPT post information daily about the stories that will feature on the site. We’d love to have your input.
New Zealand Historic Places Trust – Pouhere Taonga
Area Co-ordinator Canterbury / West Coast
Chch High Street Precinct Project on Facebook
Thanks to Vodafone’s Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, Internet New Zealand and CEISMIC for making the site possible.