Title:Hand-Held Heritage: The Development of Mobile Applications by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
Authors:Tom Pert
Publication:MW2008: Museums and the Web 2008

What sets the mobile applications developed by the RCAHMW apart from those offered by other institutions in the UK is the fact that development has been conducted completely in house, using free or inexpensive software. Free software now makes it possible for organisations within the heritage sector to produce multimedia guides without the expense of consultants and specialist companies.

Case Studies of The Ruthin E-Trail and The Blaenavon E-Trail demonstrate innovative ways of delivering heritage information to a wide audience, while at the same time producing a pilot education project and encouraging tourism.

From the outset this project adopted a multi-platform approach, using a variety of digital formats for deployment to a range of devices; MP3 audio tours for MP3 players, audio-visual tours for devices with video players, and GPS-enabled applications that deliver multi-media content