Hamble Quay was the location for the official launch of the wearable, interactive map of 17th century Hampshire, created by two Tec Hub members.
Marcus Pullen of Blue Donut Studios and David Overton of SplashMaps joined forces to design and produce the fabric map, which features embedded videos, animations and narrations from Mr. Selfridge star, Samuel West, all accessible through the free Zappar app, available on smartphones and tablets.
When scanned with the app, the story of the Southampton Plot to overthrow King Henry V and the region’s importance in the preparations for the famous battle of Agincourt is revealed.
The design of the map itself is based on John Speed’s Hampshire from 1611 and is printed on Splashmaps’ signature all-weather, durable fabric.
Officially launched at Hamble Valley’s St. George’s Day celebration on Saturday, the map was presented to Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Jane Welsh, who was also given a demonstration on how to use its hidden augmented reality features by the Road to Agincourt team.
Road To Agincourt is a two-year project exploring the role the region played during and after King Henry’s journey to the battle of Agincourt. Now in its second year – From Tree To Sea – the project will look at the aftermath of the fight and how it shaped Hampshire’s history, with a particular emphasis on Henry’s “great ships”, the wrecks of which lay at the bottom of the River Hamble.
David Overton, Managing Director of SplashMaps, said:
“Originally we had the idea to create a map on fabric as this makes an excellent, desirable and long lasting memento for most events.
“The addition of technology to key the digital content to the map came out of our original proposal, but we later changed approach as Blue Donut Studios came on board with the needed professionalism around digital storytelling.”