‘Kirkgate: The Victorian Street’ app follows a fairly similar concept to the Streetmuseum app down in London. Created by ‘York Castle Museum’ the app overlays Victorian photographs over modern shots of the city (If you look at point number 3, I think you’ll find it strangely topical).
The concept behind the application, like Streetmuseum, is really good. It offers a chance for museums to make use of their often extensive archives in a creative way (and allows us to access them!).
The app, though, does appear to only be available currently on the web which is a bit of a shame. Also, the web version is a little bit clunky until you learn how to navigate the map (it’s not as easy as Google Maps for example).
But, despite the logistical problems, this approach offers an interesting concept for further development. I really hope that they improve it for the future.
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on what you make of the app. Do you like the concept? What do you think of the navigation? Did you find it interesting?