History brought to life in new augmented reality app

22 August 2019

Queensland Museum’s latest augmented reality app, Anzac Correspondent, brings wartime history to life, igniting an engaging learning experience for students. 

Developed by Romeo Creative, the app is an extension of Queensland Museum’s Anzac Legacy Gallery and is tied to the Year 9 Curriculum. 

Anzac Correspondent makes connections between the objects on display as part of Queensland Museum’s Anzac Legacy Gallery and the stories behind them in an innovative and dynamic way that extends learning beyond the gallery and into the classroom.

From Egypt to Turkey and France, the augmented reality experience is set to expand student’s views of the First World War as they embark on a learning experience as an ANZAC war correspondent.

Minister for the Arts and Minister for Science Leeanne Enoch said the new app will add to the experience of the Anzac Legacy Gallery and expand its reach.

Anzac Legacy Gallery is a reflective and learning space rich in Queensland stories that explains what happened beyond the front line, and allows us to understand how war affected all Queenslanders,” Ms Enoch said. 

The Anzac Correspondent app will bring these important stories to classrooms around the state so students in classrooms across all of Queensland can engage in this educational experience.”

Queensland Museum CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the free app is not just a learning tool for students, but a great asset for anyone who has an interest in Queensland’s history and its role in the war.

“Think of your tablet or smart phone as a 1918 vintage camera and your job is to snap events and capture stories of the people and events happening around you to relay back home – basically the equivalent of social media for the early 20th Century,” Dr Thompson said. 

“We want to share the stories from Anzac Legacy Gallery with everyone and Anzac Correspondent creates an involving, learning history experience for users, which will enhance the gallery and museum experience.” 

Anzac Legacy Gallery on Level 1 of Queensland Museum features more than 400 unique objects and stories and gives visitors an insight into wartime experiences, stories of soldiers who fought on the battlefields and those at home during the First World War.

At the heart of the gallery is the world’s rarest tank, the 33 tonne A7V German Sturmpanzerwagen Mephisto, which has been displayed in a way that visitors can experience it like never before.

Anzac Legacy Gallery opened in 2018 as part of the Centenary Celebrations with funds from ANZAC Centenary Queensland.

The Queensland Government contributed $8.4 million towards the development of the gallery project as part of the 2014 – 2018 Anzac Centenary, commemorating 100 years since the First World War.

Anzac Correspondent is available for download for free now on the Apple App store and Google Play.

Visit www.qm.qld.gov.au for more information.

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