This is a free digital experience designed for visitors to Temple Newsam that can be downloaded to a smartphone. It includes some elements from the live performance that was created in and around the House in May 2018.
This multi-media tour offers a journey back in time to 1917 and centres on the experiences of the nurses and members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) that worked there between 1914 and 1917. It allows participants to explore the grounds of Temple Newsam House where they will discover aspects of Lady Dorothy Wood’s Auxiliary Military Hospital that occupied the site during the First World War.
During the course of the experience visitors will encounter both historical facts and creative responses, designed in the hope of inspiring unexpected interactions with the surroundings at Temple Newsam. Each of the 10 stops is denoted by a marker on the digital map within the app – they can be experienced in any order although it makes sense to start at number 1 located within the courtyard. Each stop is triggered by GPS location, many include audio and video files and are best experienced with headphones!
You can download the Tour free
For Apple iOS
Created by students in the School of Performance & Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds, this tour accompanied a three-day durational, site-specific performance that recreated the military hospital for visitors to Temple Newsam House during the Bank Holiday weekend 5-7th May 2018
This project received IGNITE funding through the University of Leeds’ Cultural Institute
Further information on this project and background history from PhD researcher Bethany Rowley here: Men, Women & Care Blog