A new way to experience the sights and sounds of Lewes Castle and its museum at Barbican House was launched this week on Thursday 6th July.
The audio guide app will take visitors on a 30-minute journey through the castle’s history using sounds and voices from the past woven into an audio-described tour. The guide has been developed by Brighton sound artist Joseph Young, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the RNIB’s Sensing Culture project.
The app, powered by Echoes, uses iBeacons, enabling visitors to use the guide as they move around both sites, or simply by sitting in the castle’s Gun Garden.
You can hear one of the recordings here:
Staff at the castle have worked with volunteers and local focus groups to also develop other resources as part of the Sensing Culture project, improving access for blind and partially sighted visitors. These include guides in large print and braille to both the castle and the museum of archaeology, as well as multi-sensory and tactile resources and other audio experiences.
On 28th September, the Castle will celebrate the official launch of not only the audio guide, but also an immersive sound installation created by Joseph Young (artofnoises.com) in the Gun Garden pavilion. It represents the view from the top of the castle keep for those unable to climb its 130 steps.
For more information about the resources please ask at the front desk of Lewes Castle.