Heritage app is a first for Bute

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Bute’s first ever dedicated smart phone app is being launched this week part of a partnership project between Archaeology Scotland and Brandanii Archaeology and Heritage.

The app is available in both iOS and Android formats, and is part of the Homeland Argyll and Bute project.

Homeland Argyll and Bute is an innovative multimedia project which integrates locally driven research with Scottish Archaeology Month.

The project supports and trains local groups in research and camera skills, allowing them to share their experiences of engaging with archaeology using documentary film techniques and online apps.

The first year of the project was Homeland Bute, which worked with six community groups and concentrated on seven deserted post-medieval farm sites along the West Island Way.

The app provides background information about the sites for locals and visitors alike, whilst films about one specific site, Balnakailly, allow people to share their thoughts and creative opinions.

Eila Macqueen, director at Archaeology Scotland, said: “Using new technologies to tell stories from the past, with great visuals, brings it all to life for so many people and will be viewed by a worldwide audience.”

Paul Duffy of Brandanii Archaeology and Heritage said: “Supporting and encouraging local groups to explore the past of the island is one of the key aims of Brandanii and I’m delighted that with this project we have been able to use multi-media technology to bring that work to a global audience.”

Links to the films and smart phone app can be found at the Archaeology Scotland and Discover Bute Archeology websites.

Homeland Argyll and Bute is funded by Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Talking Science project.