City Heritage Guides
Using the reputation and popularity of the 24 Hour Museum, this project, funded by Culture Online, addresses the need for city-based cultural content and regional coverage. Personal, community and local history created by groups and individuals of all ages, alongside the more traditional aspects of heritage, is encouraging many new audiences to the site. "People make a city unique and getting them involved in City Heritage Guides was a major objective" said Jon Pratty, (then) Editor of the 24 Hour Museum.
Our powerful software infrastructure for the 24 Hour Museum allows the City Heritage Guides site to be fully integrated under the control of the Editor. We created a simple-to-use, online authoring tool called Storymaker. Step-by-step instructions ensure that individuals and groups, of all ages, can create their own stories and pictures and send these to the 24 Hour Museum Editor. Stories are flooding in from kids, Local History Groups and Community groups, providing a rich resource of histories, trails, special places to visit, photos and drawings, all telling vibrant and personal stories of their city's history.