Acoustiguide Newsletter, Spring 2011: Awarded UK Historic Royal Palaces Contract

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Acoustiguide awarded the prestigious contract for UK Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) starting July 2011; Also partnering with Shakespeare's Globe and Chelsea Football Club

It is with great pleasure that Acoustiguide announce that we have been awarded the contract for the prestigious Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) starting July 2011. We will be supplying nearly 2,000 Opus multimedia guides to the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Banqueting House. The latter two are free to visitors as part of the ticket price.

Following a competitive tender process HRP selected Acoustiguide’s Opus Click™ at the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace, with Opus Touch™ at Banqueting House. It is thanks to the feedback from our existing clients on the quality of Acoustiguide equipment and operational support that gave HRP the incentive to upgrade to multimedia guides, which will improve the service and perceived value of the guides to visitors and give more options to the HRP interpretation team going into the future. The scope for development includes improved orientation and increased accessibility, as well as the inclusion of graphics, videos, slideshows and games.

Historic Royal Palaces look after five prestigious Palaces (Kensington Palace and Kew Palace do not currently offer audio guides) and are among the most visited tourist attractions in England with over 3,000,000 visitors passing through their doors in 2010. They are among the most recognised sites in the country and a huge draw to tourists from overseas, Londoners and the rest of the UK.

The new multimedia guides will include images as well as audio and will help visitors to discover for themselves the amazing sights and stories of these Historic Palaces. From Charles I’s execution at Banqueting House to the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London and Henry VIII’s kitchen at Hampton Court, these Palaces are full of historic significance and Acoustiguide is very proud to play a part in bringing that history to life for visitors. We look forward to a continuing successful relationship with HRP.

Shakespeare’s Globe

We are delighted to announce we are partnering with Shakespeare’s Globe on London’s Bankside to produce a multimedia tour on Opus Click™ for their Globe Exhibition and Tour. The tour, written by an Acoustiguide scriptwriter, will explore the history of London and playgoing during Shakespeare’s lifetime, Elizabethan clothing and cosmetics, the design of the Globe Theatre, and aspects of performance today, from prop-making to stage combat. Highlights from recent Globe Theatre performances will be included in the tour and the distinctive music played by Globe Theatre musicians can be listened to on the multimedia Opus player. Globe Exhibition and Tour will offer an insight into the reconstruction project initiated by Sam Wanamaker, and will look ahead to further developments at Shakespeare’s Globe, including a new indoor Jacobean theatre.

Try the tour out for yourself from 21st June 2011and be sure to do the live guided tour around the theatre – it’s not to be missed!

“Globe Exhibition and Tour welcomes more than 300,000 visitors from around the world every year: for most of them, it will be a first taste of the exciting atmosphere created by the unique combination of the audience, actors, and architecture of the Globe Theatre. The Opus players will enhance our visitors’ understanding of the exhibition’s existing displays and will improve accessibility for many of our non- English-speaking visitors, which we hope will encourage them to enjoy a performance with us in the future.” (Pete Le May, Exhibition Administration and Design Co-ordinator).

Chelsea Football Club

In June 2011 Acoustiguide will be installing 100 Opus Click™ players in Chelsea Football Club’s brand new museum. It has been fantastic to work with Chelsea FC on such an exciting project and seeing the museum taking shape first hand.

The tour has been written by Chelsea FC’s official historian and award-winning writer, Rick Glanvill, who shares his excellent and in-depth knowledge of the Club in this outstanding audio tour.

We have also been lucky enough to include official Chelsea FC archive footage which gives an exquisite insight into the history of the Club, sharing the most memorable goals, game footage, and player and manager interviews.

We are sure that the museum is going to be hugely popular with the public and the audio tour is set to be equally successful, offering an amazing insight into one of the UK’s most popular football clubs.

“The Museum team is delighted to be working with Acoustiguide, as part of the launch of our brand new museum this summer. We see the launch of the audio guide, which will be available in five languages, as an integral part of the interactive features available to visitors to the new Museum.” (Sarah Bagg, Stadium Tours and Museum Manager)

Please download the Acoustiguide UK newsletter to read more.

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