The city of Kingston is fortunate to have an abundance of Museums, 24 in total. Murney Tower is Kingston’s oldest operating museum. Construction began in 1846 as a line of defense for the city. The structure is a limestone Martello tower. Martellos are small defensive forts that were built across the British Empire during the 19th century, Only nine Martello towers remain in all of Canada, four of them are located in Kingston.
In 1925 Murney Tower was opened as a public museum by the Kingston HIstorical Society. It is now open during the summer months (May – Labour Day in September). Murney Tower is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rideau Canal and Kingston Fortifications.
45 Degrees Latitude was hired to develop an audio walking tour for the Museum – the first of its kind for a Kingston Museum. Working with a detailed script provided by Murney Tower staff, two professional narrators were employed to create high quality audio files in their studio. The audio files were then mixed with royalty-paid music and sound effects at 45 Degrees Latitude to create the finished product.
The audio files are available free of charge on Murney Tower’s website: https://www.murneytower.com/audio-tour in four sections: The Beginning, The Barracks, The Gun Platform and The Basement. Each file can be played on any visitors mobile device or downloaded and played later.
We wish to thank Manager & Curator Simge Erdogan-O’Connor who orchestrated the entire project. We hope the audio tour will be a helpful tool to the continued success of the Museum.