Textile company Kožara, Osijek, photo taken around 1940.
Textile company Kožara, Osijek, photo taken around 1940.
Museum of Slavonia, Osijek, Croatia

Industrial factories once employed thousands of workers. Spaces of the factories looked like small, well-decorated towns, and provided their employees with the most needed jobs - family doctors, resorts, organized leisure time and most of all feeling of belonging. Many workers have found their future spouses in the work environment. There are many romantic, love stories that testify to several generations of workers in the same factory. Because of this, heritage trails are important. Through the paths of heritage, we learn about the history of our city, we understand how the world around us changes and appreciate the legacy of values of locations, buildings and machines, as well as the development of cities and communities thanks to the economy of progress. How to create heritage trail?Almost everyone, from individuals to cultural museum institutions, universities or stakeholders in tourism, can participate in the process of creating heritage trail .What triggers the process of making one? Sometimes it is an idea or mission that brings together the same. The VIRAL project has brought together project partners who want to use industrial tangible and intangible heritage to educate people using virtual and augmented reality and capture 360 ° videos.


Use of 360 camera, Osijek, Croatia
Use of 360 camera, Osijek, Croatia
Culex XR Studio, Osijek, Croatia

Create industrial heritage trail and use the 360 video to enhance the experience of a trail. Walking around the city, where closed and empty factories are located, can be very interesting and educational. It is good to know industrial heritage as it testifies to the development of the city, settlements, the lives of workers and families, speaks of economic development and community success. Unfortunately, the economy is changing, and it is precisely factories and workers that are subject to the negative effects of economic change. Some factories are undergoing conversion and some are abandoned. But imagine if 360 videos could testify to what factory halls look like, packed with machines before they completely disappear from the face of the earth.


How to start with creating heritage trail and to use 360 videos in enhancing the experience of a trail? Step 1. Determine the theme of the heritage trail. Step 2. Create a story, investigate facts, interview workers. Step 3. Define how to manage visitor groups along the heritage trail. Step 4. Learn how to use a 360 camera. Make a video of the interior of the factories. Allow everyone to learn more about your city's industrial heritage. See the documents for more detailed instructions.



Creating a heritage trail can be interesting. The local community is often unaware of the industrial heritage it possesses. By creating a trail you can become an ambassador for your city's heritage. And with some goodwill, digital innovations such as 360 videos can become useful promotional and educational material in further promoting and preserving the testimony of the lifestyle and economic development of cities.


Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will gain insight into how local communities develop heritage trails. The participants will go through step by step process of devising a community heritage trail.

Knowledge Acquired

  • After having followed the training material and the example exercises, the participants /trainees should develop and be able to describe the processes of making a community heritage trails.

Skills Acquired

  • The participants will acquire practical methods, tools and instruments on how to make their own community heritage trails.

Competences Acquired

  • The participants will be able to reflect on how they want to present their community heritage trails.