National Library of Scotland Tour

A beautifully designed iPhone app, narrated by Kirsty Wark, introducing the fascinating history of the John Murray Archive.


John Murray Archive App

Having won the competitive tender to work with the National Library of Scotland, we produced The John Murray Archive Tour, available on iPad and iPhone 3G/3GS. This interactive tour was bursting with content themed around the John Murray Publishing dynasty which spanned over seven generations and published authors such as Jane Austen, Charles Darwin, Lord Byron, and Walter Scott.

The tour guided users through the key themes of the archive: Literature, Publishing, Science, Travel & Exploration, and Politics & Society; before taaking a closer look at the Murray family and the influence they had over the genres and works they published.

Following emerging standards in smartphone navigation, the tour presented content via an easy to use, colour themed menu to ensure the highest standards of usability and accessibility. Within each section, users could watch a short audio visual presentation narrated by Kirsty Wark and explore documents of significance complete with audio narrative descriptions. They could also delve deeper into digitised letters, manuscripts, and business records from the archive, which tell the story of this great period of revolutionary works.

The application is available for hire in the National Library of Scotland and is also available for download from the iTunes app store.

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