The Clondalkin Round Tower Visitor Centre wished to upgrade their offering, utilise the space better and lengthen time spent. EPIC offered, through various media of interpretation, solutions inside and out.
Clondalkin Round Tower is one of only four remaining round towers in Co. Dublin. The visitor centre, which opened in 2017, incorporates a café and gardens at the foot of the tower, which is thought to be the oldest in Ireland.
The brief was to design and deliver an enhanced visitor experience using a range of media including audio guides, interactive touchscreens, printed panels and exterior interpretation.
The project called for the development of an audio guide that would support the existing visitor centre interpretation, expand on the stories associated with the round tower and wider Clondalkin region and enable visitors to enjoy a self-guided experience at the Round Tower Visitor Centre. The application was built using WayMigo, the proprietary platform of our technology partner.
Script and content development for the audio guide and exterior interpretation were key deliverables for this project. . The adult tour was recorded in five languages. A second script, in English and Irish, was developed for children.
EPIC developed interactive touch-screen displays serving up child-friendly quizzes and games. The design and development of the interactive games available on the touch screens required the production of custom content. Designed in a highly illustrative style and built using the Unity game engine, the application includes a multiple-choice quiz, which pulls from a database of questions created by EPIC’s content team; a map of other nearby attractions for cross-selling; and a tower building game where young players can construct the round tower and test its strength.
Other works included delivery of a new museum case; the install of a Children’s Art Gallery and an exhibit around ‘Lacemaking’ industry.
In the landscaped gardens, EPIC were required to research, write, design and install a number of interpretation panels for the various design features and plants - based on the original monastic gardens. EPIC also design and delivered large parasols and gas heaters for the terraced café area.
Client: Kildare Heritage
Date: December 2018 to August 2019
Location: Kildare town
Digisoft, Image Pak, InHand Guides, Irish Heaters, Sight and Sound