We’re tantalisingly close to the end of our A-Z of Apps series. Reaching the end of something inevitably makes people more inclined to look back. So that’s what we are doing with the letter Y. Looking back to yesterday and beyond to see what apps are available to discover more about our history and the world around us.
Google Arts & Culture app is a great way to get to know the arts & culture from around the world. Available on Android and iOS platforms for FREE it is split into many different categories. You can choose from Natural History, Cultural Heritage, Hidden Histories, Fashion in Focus Surprising Facts and more. There are places to visit, interactive videos and visual delights collated from institutions, galleries and repositories all over the world. Use the ‘Virtual Explorer’ to get 360° view on selected pieces, artists and their works. Are you interested in Millinery? Then have a look through the article about the German Hat Museum which gives you all there is to know about the museum, it’s collection and the part of the world it’s from. There’s also a fun way to learn more by using the ‘Search with your Selfie’ function. This gives you the opportunity to find out what artwork most looks like you.
Today in History is an app which tells you ‘Yesterday’s news today!’. It’s available on iOS and Android platforms for FREE but with the option of in-app purchases to enhance your experience. Ever wondered what was so special about today? This app goes through history to give you the insignificant and the sometimes very significant events that occurred on each day of the year. You never know what might crop up and pique your interest in learning more about the event or person described. The app is split into five different areas; Headlines, Events, Births, Deaths and Holidays. There is also the date selector so you can flip forward or backwards through the year to see what events shaped dates that are significant to you. Like today 5th July it is the anniversary of the formation of the Salvation Army in 1865 in the East End of London, England and on this day in 1811 Venezuela declared independence from Spain.
Wikipedia is synonymous with information. So it stands to reason that it forms part of this list. There is a wealth of information about the past collated from resources all over the world contained within this app on literally every subject and in almost every language. They have an ‘On this day’ functionality where you can browse through the events that shaped this day through history. Have a look through the places around you to see what historical events have occurred near you or to read more about the history and heritage from your town, local area or city. Be adventurous and click on the random article to learn more about anything from the Wikipedia database. Easy to navigate and read this is a good resource for anyone looking to learn more history.
Civilisations AR has just been released by the BBC to coincide with their new series on BBC2 which will highlight over 5000 pieces from over 31 countries. This app gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with a virtual collection of select treasures held in cultural centres all around the UK. A FREE app available on Android and iOS devices. This app uses Augmented Reality technology so it will require a newer device to function properly. This is a new collaboration by all these cultural centres with the BBC to use this new technology that will give greater access to these treasures for people all over the world. The creators are looking for feedback on this venture and are keen for people to leave their rating and review after using the app.
SLSA Walks is an app created by the State Library of South Australia that gives the user maps, stories and information about historic elements of Adelaide to be used during a self-guided tour. There are eight walks to choose from that will showcase different parts of the city and it’s important buildings & statues. The time for each walk is clearly shown with a map for reference. You can download each walk using WiFi before you set out saving you data costs on your mobile device. It is available for FREE for Android and iOS devices.
So there’s just a few apps that we like for history buffs and interested newbies alike. Are there any apps on history or heritage that you find useful or interesting? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you.