First look: New augmented reality app brings Lincoln Cathedral history to life

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An innovative new augmented reality (AR) product has been officially launched at Lincoln Cathedral, bringing the heritage of the iconic building to life.

The ground-breaking new AR experience consists of an app and videos that will transport the user back in time to unveil the hidden lives of some of history’s most fascinating characters.

Guided by famous Lincolnshire explorer and botanist Joseph Banks, users will learn about Banks’ favourite view in the Cathedral, hear the legend of the famous Lincoln Imp, explore England’s most beautiful room, and be transported up into the high rafters of the Cathedral usually only accessible on roof tours.

The app ‘England’s Historic Cities’ is available to download for free in google play and on the app store here.

Joel Murray, digital marketing coordinator at Visit Lincoln, which supported Lincoln’s involvement in the project, said: “The premise of the app is to capture significant historic moments in time whilst providing visitors the opportunity to explore England’s most historic cities.

App users will be able to dive into the past to learn about the building and its famous characters. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

“It uses cutting-edge technology to give the historical moments a fresh perspective and make history’s fascinating characters come to life. It is set to transform Lincoln Cathedral’s appeal by introducing it to a new, more technologically motivated and younger audiences.

The app is now available to download and use for free. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

“For 249 years, Lincoln Cathedral was the tallest building on Earth, and it remains a towering example of English heritage to this day. The app will enable visitors to explore the many hidden secrets of this stunning structure and set out on a marvellous voyage from skyscrapers to seabeds”.

The exciting new project is one of a number of projects to benefit from the by the £40 million Discover England Fund – a central government funded programme of activity administered by VisitEngland, supported by match-funding from private and public partners.

Learn things about the cathedral you never knew. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Jackie Croft, Chapter Clerk at Lincoln Cathedral, added: “Lincoln Cathedral was built to inspire and this app enables everybody to experience Lincoln Cathedral as never before.

“The stories told and the views shown are sure to inform and excite in equal measure. We look forward to welcoming you!”