Louhisaari Stories

Louhisaari Stories is a collection of episodes taking visitors of the Louhisaari manor in Askainen back in time to the 19th century, when the Mannerheim family was living in the premises. Looking at a tablet computer screen in certain locations of the manor park, the visitor sees episodes presenting Mannerheim family members and their servants in various situations, such as celebrating a birthday or bathing on the waterfront. The scenes take place in the actual locations, applying augmented reality technology to add virtual characters and modify details of the environment in order to go back in time. An interface providing in depth information about the characters and events is also available for the users.

The stories are fictional, but could actually have happened while the Mannerheims were living in Louhisaari. The episodes tell the visitor about life in the 1820s as well as about things that have changed in the manor park since that time. For example, the seafront has moved back several hundred meters, but in the application the visitor sees the waterfront near the bath house as it was at the time.

The application is research prototype created by the team as a part of Futuristic History in University of Turku in 2014.