Oakley Mobile welcomes royalty at the NCWC

HRH The Earl of Wessex experiences augmented reality at the official opening of the National Civil War Centre.

HRH The Earl of Wessex officially opened the National Civil War Centre and Oakley Mobile were there to greet him.

On Friday 25th of September, HRH The Earl of Wessex officially opened the UK's first ever visitor attraction dedicated to telling the epic story of the 17th century British Civil Wars.

As part of the official opening, Prince Edward met Oakley Mobile’s Technical Director Andrew Sharples and Creative Director Barry Richardson who explained the merits of the augmented reality technology that empowers the immersive trail around the historic town.

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During the demonstration, His Royal Highness held up a tablet to a portrait of King Charles I and listened to the ill-fated monarch asking his people to stand with him and fight the "Parliamentarian rabble".

Barry Richardson explained to The Earl of Wessex “augmented reality was the perfect choice for this project as it enables trail visitors to watch key historic moments in the very spot they happened”

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The National Civil War Trail app tells the epic story of the 17th century British Civil Wars - possibly Britain's deadliest conflict and one which shaped our modern world.

The National Civil War Centre in Newark is a flagship £5.4m project by Newark and Sherwood District Council supported by £3.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Before unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion, HRH The Earl of Wessex toured the exhibition galleries housed in the restored Grade II* Old Magnus Building, which began life as a Tudor grammar school, and met key figures involved in the scheme.

Andrew Sharples said “it was both a pleasure and a privilege to be involved in such a prestigious and important day”.

Watch His Royal Highness using the app here:

Click here to download the Trail App and read a full case study on the epic project.

Main photo credit: National Civil War Centre/ShaunFlannery