Discover History's Treasures
Putting history in your hand - the BBC's first ever Augmented Reality app 'Civilisations AR' brings art and culture direct to you from across the world.
Discover the secrets of ancient Egypt, reveal hidden layers beneath Renaissance masterpieces and learn more about the origins of these cultural treasures and the people who made them.
Treasures to be found include an ancient Egyptian mummy from the Torquay Museum, Rodin's The Kiss from the National Museum of Wales, iconic sculptures from Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth and masterpieces by Tintoretto, Bellini and Turner.
This personal, virtual collection contains over 30 historic artefacts. It is curated by the BBC with contributions from across the UK's heritage sector and is developed in collaboration with Nexus Studios (https://nexusstudios.com)
This free AR App forms part of a major collaboration between the BBC, Nexus Studios and more than 30 museums from across the UK to mark the launch of the new landmark arts and culture series, Civilisations.
Please treat these cultural treasures with respect when enjoying and sharing this AR experience.
Bring realistic, to-scale artefacts from History into your own home using cutting edge Augmented Reality technology.
Move, scale and rotate the collection, allowing you to become the explorer.
Use the magic Spotlight to reveal audio guides and special features.
Use the X-Ray feature to discover history's secrets hidden within - see inside a sarcophagus or what lies beneath a painting.
Rub through the layers of history with Restore, bringing lustre to a Greek Corinthian helmet or colour to a faded Roman Cockerel statuette and find out what they looked like when new.
Translate hieroglyphics from the British Museum's iconic Rosetta Stone.
Navigate the collection geographically in AR, using an AR globe or via the curated themes.
Take and share photos of the objects in your home, garden or school.
Advanced AR features are supported on: iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iPad (2017), iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone X.
1. Be Safe
When you're using the Civilisations AR experience, please make sure that you are in a safe environment. Don't use the AR experience while walking or driving and be aware of your surroundings! Wait a little bit before starting activities that require you to focus.
Children may start playing without taking time to think about relevant safety requirements and when they get excited they often forget to be aware of obstacles and hazards in their surroundings. Therefore an adult needs to be present to ensure that children are safe when using the Civilisations AR experience.
Also, don't use the Civilisations AR experience if you have a medical condition that may affect you when using it or if you consumed anything that may affect your balance. In any case, stop using the AR experience immediately if you feel nausea, dizziness or any disorientation.
The AR experience uses online identifiers to provide the BBC with general statistics.
The Civilisations AR experience is for your personal, non-business use only. No commercial use of the app or any content made available within is permitted.
The terms of the handset that you are using for the app and the App Store also apply.
The Civilisations AR experience is published by BBC Media AT (BBC Media Applications Technologies Limited), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation).
Full details of BBC Media AT are available on the Companies House website at: http://data.companieshouse.gov.uk/doc/company/07100235
5 new artefacts are now available for you to explore!
If you get lost, follow the dotted line back to the artefact
You can now restore and rotate at the same time, as well as previewing the fully restored artefact
There is now a 'real size' option to reset back to actual, real world size as well as general improvements
You can now toggle Music & SFX separately.
If you need a refresher you can restart the Tutorial
You can download all content for offline use
As well as bugs and general improvements. We hope you enjoy and would love to hear your feedback.
Ratings and Reviews
I love the ease of going from one piece of art/artifact to the next on the globe. The ar is clear and easy to see whether sm or enlarged or at real/actual life size which I control and I can view all sides front back top bottom and get the info regarding the piece ie artist year created brief history and where it’s currently located. I can use the flashlight to lighten a certain area for even better viewing and take a pic of it. I really enjoy this app add more pieces please and thanks for the appl
On its way
Nicely designed and informative app. Very well done specially for it not being paid. I guess the AR is useful to see live the actual size of the objects. Needs improvements. Would be good to lessen the pinch zoom sensitivity on the globe. Also add the ability to rotate the globe is a good bonus. I would be ready to pay for a bit more polished app. Higher resolution globe. Hope elements from the civilisation of the Syrian Fertile Crescent will be added soon.
AR will advance in its own time, but nonetheless, this app has done it exceptionally well. What makes this app so great is how it speaks to you and provides information about what you’re the viewing, the ability to use the flashlight, and being able to restore objects, resize them, etc. I highly recommend this!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.