One of our clients, The Kempley Tardis website, have recently extended their online presence into the real world. The website is an interactive system allowing people to explore the social and cultural archives of the small Kempley village in Gloucestershire. The project’s logo is an old fashioned phone box, or rather a Tardis which has now made the transformation from the virtual to the real world in the form of The iKiosk.
Here is what they have to say about this fascinating project:
The iKiosk renovation project led by Tony Prisk of the KempleyTardis Project Steering Group. The iconic Gilbert Scott designed K6 phone box was re-instated as the point of Information at the heart of the village green on 5th June 2012. The Kempley Tardis website hosts a custom designed database which maps the social archive researched by the Friends of Kempley Churches, a registered charity. The project was initiated in 2009 with an exhibition at the Daffodil Weekend of village memorabilia and oral history based around a collection of maps and photographs.
Visitors to the exhibition responded that navigation and networking throughout the village had become more fractured. In the modern Internet age we had become less aware of village locations, delivery drivers were lost, and most importantly that Emergency Services and utilities had lost the local knowledge to find properties, and even more importantly to get back to the City hospitals.
In the future we hope that this will become a WiFI hub for internet communications, but will remain as the centre for lost visitors to be guided to. The street maps were created by Howell Rees, superimposed on the Voodoochilli Design interactive maps on the website.
What we really like about this is how the clients have taken the initiative to do more with their project than just have a website designed and launched. The project was always much more than that, with it’s interactivity and cultural importance, but seeing a project transform in this way is fantastic for us. This is not the first time we have written about the Kempley Tardis website, they seem to be grabbing a lot of attention so watch this space as there could be more surprises landing on the horizon!