BBC Brings Civilisations AR to iOS and Android

The app is available to download for free.

Last month VRFocus reported on the BBC announcing its first ever augmented reality (AR) app for mobile devices,  Civilisations AR. Developed by BBC Research & Development, BBC Arts and Nexus Studios the app has launched today for iOS and Android.

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Developed as part of a major collaboration between the BBC and more than 30 museums and galleries as part of the Civilisations FestivalCivilisations AR features over 30 artefacts from museums across the UK that have been digitally scanned and are now available to view in 3D.

Exhibits include a fourteenth century Italian sculpture of Madonna and Child from the National Museum of Scotland, Turner’s painting Bridge over the Moselle from the Oldham Museum and Art Gallery, an ancient Egyptian mummy from the Torquay Museum and the Rosetta Stone from the British Museum.

The app marks the launch of new arts and culture series, Civilisations, which begins on BBC Two tonight, with the full series due to be available on BBC iPlayer. The series follows presenters Simon Schama, Mary Beard and David Olusoga as they travel far and wide across six continents to find answers to fundamental questions about human creativity.

“We’re thrilled to have started our augmented reality journey with Civilisations AR,” said Eleni Sharp, executive product manager for BBC R&D in a statement. “The app enables users to explore an amazing range of exhibits, while enabling the BBC R&D team to experiment with a new technology and test how a new format can complement a linear show. However, this is just the first outing for the app. We’ve designed and built it to be a totally reusable product, and we will be looking to use develop more AR projects in the future once we have had the chance to analyse the data from this one.”

Check out the full list of exhibits included in Civilisations AR below. While this might be the first AR app from the BBC, the broadcaster is well versed in virtual reality (VR), creating apps like Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel, The Turning Forest, and a Doctor Who experience. For any further BBC VR or AR updates, keep reading VRFocus.

Artefact Museum Location Origin Year
The Clonmore Shrine

 

 

Ulster Museum, Belfast United Kingdom 650
Tea Pot

 

 

Ulster Museum, Belfast United Kingdom 1808
Carved Ivory Salt Cellar

 

 

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Nigeria 1550
Madonna and Child

 

 

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Italy 1350
The Kiss by Rodin

 

 

National Museum Wales, Cardiff France 1898
Crested Firedog

 

 

National Museum Wales, Cardiff United Kingdom 50
Hippo Bowl

 

 

Manchester Museum, Manchester Egypt 3500 BCE
Sundial from first railway station

 

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester United Kingdom 1830
Bridge over the Ticino by Turner

 

Gallery Oldham, Oldham Switzerland 1842
Tang Dynasty Horse

 

 

Gallery Oldham, Oldham China
Ebenezer Elliot bust

 

 

Barnsley Museum, Barnsley United Kingdom 1800
Zeus Ammon

 

 

World Museum, Liverpool Egypt 100
Statuette of Horus the Child

 

World Museum, Liverpool Egypt 300 BCE
Lady Emma Hamilton as a Bacchante by Vigée-Le Brun

 

 

Lady Lever Art Gallery, Wirral United Kingdom 1782
Gandahar Sculpture

 

 

Oriental Museum, Durham Pakistan 200
Roman Statue of Mars

 

 

The Yorkshire Museum, York United Kingdom
Open Work Head by Moore

 

 

The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield United Kingdom 1936
Reclining Figure by Moore

 

The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield United Kingdom 1934
Mother & Child by Hepworth

 

The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield United Kingdom 1963
Christ Washing Disciple’s Feet by Tintoretto

 

Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead Italy 1547
Ogoni Mask

 

 

Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby Nigeria 1900
Oak Samson Statue

 

 

Norfolk Museum, Norwich United Kingdom c.1600
Corinthian Helmet

 

 

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter Greece 1000 BCE
Gelede Mask

 

 

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter Nigeria 1850
Peruvian Stirrup Stout Pot

 

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter Peru 1450
Roundway Beaker

 

 

Wiltshire Museum, Wiltshire United Kingdom 2000 BCE
Divination Bowl

 

 

Bristol Museum, Bristol Nigeria c.1860
Corinium Cockeral

 

 

Corinium Museum, Cirencester United Kingdom 150
Mummy in Egyptian Coffin

 

Torquay Museum, Torquay Egypt
The Rosetta Stone

 

 

The British Museum, London Egypt 196 BCE
Roman Hunter God

 

 

Cumming Museum, London United Kingdom 150
Gold Trophy Head

 

 

 

The Wallace Collection, London Ghana 1850
The Blood of the Redeemer by Bellini

 

 

National Gallery, London Italy c.1460
Japanese Gun Powder Flask

 

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Japan 1640
Octopus Storage Jar

 

 

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Greece 1400 BCE
Reliquary Casket of St Thomas Beckett

 

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford France 1200
Red Figure Neck Amphora

 

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge Greece 470 BCE
Iznik Jug

 

 

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge Turkey 1592
Māori ‘God Stick’ Tiki Wanaga

 

Colchester and Ipswich Museums, Colchester New Zealand
Titus Flavius Demetrius

 

 

Colchester and Ipswich Museums, Colchester Egypt
Native American Mask

 

 

Colchester and Ipswich Museums, Colchester USA
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