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Introduction

HISTOVERY DESIGNS AND MAKES SOFTWARE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF CULTURAL SITES

AND MUSEUM COLLECTIONS BY USING NEW DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES.

VISION

Our cultural heritage is our gold mine. Digital technology helps to revolutionise its operation in an attractive, universal and sustainable way. Applying digital technologies to cultural content allows museums and monuments to completely reimagine the visitor experience – this is something that we are achieving through close collaborations with them.

MISSION

Allow the general public to re-discover the richness of cultural heritage through the use of new visually spectacular interactive technologies – accessible to all, and keeping strict faithfulness to our best scientific knowledge of the past.

VALUES

Editorial and technological innovation, artistic sensitivity and passion.

Museums and Castles 

 

RESIDENCE OF WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR

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Falaise (Calvados)

In 2013, Histovery creates the new scenography of the Château de Falaise (Calvados).

Outside the castle, the ‘promenade des HistoCams’ enables you to re-discover the Courtyard of the château as it would have been under the Duke and King Henri II Plantagenêt.
Once inside, the novel ‘HistoPad’ technology allows you to discover all the rooms in the château that have now been completely reconstructed in their 12th Century form – the furniture, decor and artefacts are shown in a highly realistic setting depicting the daily life of the Anglo-Norman kingdom.

This is where William the Conqueror was born in 1027, the duke of Normandy who became King of England. Over the course of your visit, you will be shown several different media types, including 12 short films, to let you directly experience the story of the Anglo-Norman kingdom, and to meet the lineage of the Conqueror. This epic saga starts with the story of how he conquered England, and finishes when Normandy was eventually annexed by the French crown.

 

CHAMBORD CASTLE

Chambord

800,000 visitors per year (launched in June 2015)

Chambord is an exceptional work of art, an international symbol of the French Renaissance listed as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1981. Much more than a castle, Chambord is an architectural and natural treasure that began with a dream conceived by King Francis I.
The HistoPad offers the unprecedented experience of an immersive visit thanks to the principle of Augmented Reality. Visitors can immerse themselves in the era of François 1er, in eight rooms of which the structure and the décor, lost over time, have been reconstituted in 360°. A virtual guided visit enables visitors to improve their knowledge of the history of the Château from the 16th century to today: close to 150 pieces of furniture, objects of art and elements of decor are thus described and analysed thanks to concise texts or animated graphic elements. Finally, Histopad offers a fun and interactive treasure hunt, inciting the young to deepen their discovery of the reconstitutions.

 

CONCIERGERIE

Conciergerie

500,000 visitors per year (launched in December 2016)

In the heart of Paris, on the banks of the Seine, the Conciergerie is the oldest remaining part of the Palais de la Cité, the royal residence of the kings of France and the prison of Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution.

Thanks to augmented reality, 3D graphics, and geolocation, this HistoPad offers 360° reconstructions of the rooms as they were in the Middle Ages and under the French Revolution. For the first time, visitors can dive into different historical periods, from the time of the Capetian Royal Palace to today’s Courthouse.

 

CHINESE MUSEUM AT THE FONTAINEBLEAU CASTLE

Fontainebleau

50,000 visitors per year (launched in November 2015)

Empress Eugenue created this remarkable collection in 1863. The collection features diplomatic gifts from the Siam Embassy, along with treaures plundered from the 1860 Sack of the Summer Palace in Peking by the Franco-British Expedition.
Designed as a guided visit of the exposed collections, it inaugurated a new generation of HistoPad specifically adapted for museums. This HistoPad offers above all an interactive discovery of exposed works and rooms, the possibility of admiring lost or stolen works of art reconstituted in 3D, as well as an immersive journey back to the Old Summer Palace of Peking in 1860, the original setting of the exposed collections.

 

GREVIN PARIS

Grevin

750,000 visitors per year (launched in January 2016)

Since 1882, contemporary celebrities who have typified a period have been commemorated as wax figures and presented to the public.
Grevin Paris visit app, which can be downloaded onto an iOS and Android smartphone, offers an interactive guided visit of statues exposed in this museum. Visitors are invited to scan the face of any character from the museum. Thanks to a facial recognition search engine, the app recognises the person and gives the visitor more information about the celebrity and his or her wax double via a series of linked content: anecdotes, photographs, videos, biographies, etc.

 

EPINAL PRINT MUSEUM

Epinal

30,000 visitors per year (launched in July 2016)

The last image factory still running in Europe, Epinal was founded in 1796 and taken over by two passionate entrepreneurs in 2014. The Imagerie has been carrying on with the creation of images in accordance with techniques acquired in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Videos and animations allow visitors to operate the machines exposed in order to understand the production processes and the history of the technolgical develoments in printing. Young visitors can also play the guessing games that made this workshop famous all over the world.

Technology

Histopad

The HistoPad is a digital tablet that allows you to take control of your visit in an interactive, playful and personalised way. The visitor can interact with the collections displayed and the rooms visited: they can point the tablet in any direction, and ‘look through’ the screen at the reconstructed version of where they are standing. This is a novel use of Augmented Reality, that allows the HistoPad to be a literal window on the past. Scanning interactive objects, reveals their function and their story to visitors.The HistoPad therefore makes it possible to make invisible things visible, and to handle virtual artefacts as if they were real.

 

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Awards et distinctions

Histopad of Falaise castle

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Press Release

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Demeure Historique (Double Page 2)

Parisien 19/08/13

La Tribune

Nouvel Obs 23-05-13

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