In exciting news, the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation has awarded the SCMA a grant for their project: Time Travel Sunshine Coast: A Heritage Smart Phone Application.
This project will allow users to explore the fascinating histories of the Sunshine Coast through video, audio and archival photographs at site-specific locations. By downloading the free smart phone application from www.timetravelBC.com, the user will have instantaneous access to a myriad of provincial heritage resources.
The amazing aspect of this type of heritage interpretation is that the user gains access to museum content such as oral histories or archival photographs while they are physically at the location of interest.
Imagine standing on the wharf in Gibsons and hearing a story about the Union Steamships told by a man who used to work as a crew hand. Or standing at Gospel Rock and persuing archival photographs of the biblical quotes that were once painted on the rock face and gave the location its name.
In this way, the user becomes connected with the history of their surroundings, leading to deeper engagement and understanding of Sunshine Coast heritage. And for that, we are excited!
The SC Community Foundation grant will help pay for production costs to develop professional quality audio and video content for the app. Tamar Kozlov from Coast Cable television will be filming videos of Stonehurst, the Heritage Playhouse, the Robert's Creek wharf and Gospel Rock, while audio producer Mike Cashin from the Crew Studios in Vancouver will oversee audio production.
Big thanks to the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation for supporting this innovative and exciting heritage project! We greatly appreciate the support!