Sun, Sea, and Tech.

Working with young people from DRMZ youth club and youth workers we co-produced a 360 virtual tour of significant areas on the coastal path near the Pendine Sands Museum of Speed. The day started with meeting the young people and youth workers to plan our journey and map out which points along the journey we were going to use for the 360 tour. 

A 360 tour is the type of tour used in Google’s street view. Although Google has mapped out most of the urban spots, there are still many areas in rural Wales not included in this and great for making tours which can be published publicly online. 360 tours are great as they increase accessibility and allow people to view spaces they might not otherwise be able to get to for a variety of reasons. As well as this 360 tours can be populated with interactive “hotspots” giving people a greater insight into the area.

The day got off to a great start and for the first part we had good weather. The young people used the 360 camera to capture significant points along the way including: the view where Malcolm Campbell and JG Parry-Thomas set the world land speed record five times between 1924 and 1927; Gilam Point, where there’s an Iron Age hill-fort and the remnants of a medieval field system; a small pebble beach: Morfa Bychan. Allied Forces preparing for the Normandy landings in 1944 practiced on this beach.

Just in time we got the last few shots done before the weather changed from being sunny to raining! 

Stuart Sumner-Smith