Hidden Cities apps do history in the streets. Using audio, images and geolocated period maps, they are locative media tools for innovative place-based research and teaching. At the same time they create public history experiences that go beyond typical heritage sites and priorities.
Hidden Cities is actively seeking to expand to new cities and add new trails to existing apps. We are keen to receive proposals that tackle topics that drive research in urban history, for any period, and which have a resonance today. Cities so far are Florence, Valencia, Hamburg, Trento, Exeter and Deventer. New cities for 2022 will include Venice, Copenhagen and Tours.
The apps are downloadable on the App Store and Googleplay. Each app has a corresponding 'time jump' guide on Apple Maps. All apps include a teaching package – a version of the platform that allows students to create their own trails for smartphones.
Hidden Cities apps, free to the user, are developed by the University of Exeter on a non-profit basis. Funding for app builds, content development and technical support often comes through university or external grants linked to research or impact. If you are interested in locative research and public history using mobile media, please contact us. We are happy to share our experience of funding, development, and teaching.
Dr David Rosenthal - firstname.lastname@example.org
For our recent open-access volume, F. Nevola, D. Rosenthal, N. Terpstra, eds., Hidden Cities: Urban Space, Geolocated Apps and Public History in Early Modern Europe (Routledge, 2022): https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/oa-edit/10.4324/9781003172000/hidden-cities-fabrizio-nevola-david-rosenthal-nicholas-terpstra