High tech heritage tour of Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 10:23 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:26 21 April 2017

Chair of the WGC Heritage Trust Tony Skottowe who are planning an interactive smartphone app to take people on a tour round points of historical interest.

Chair of the WGC Heritage Trust Tony Skottowe who are planning an interactive smartphone app to take people on a tour round points of historical interest.

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Heritage enthusiasts are planning to adopt the latest technology to forge an interactive tourist trail across Welwyn Garden City, aiming to appeal to young people in time for the town’s centenary.

The Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust published a leaflet describing a 32-stage trail around the town four years ago, but it has now submitted a planning application for a more high-tech alternative.

The trust has already secured County Hall permission for 32 painted metal signs attached to lamp posts at the route’s key points, but the next step is formal planning authorisation.

Trust chairman Tony Skottowe said: “As far as I know, .this will be the only town trail to use this technology in the UK.

“Younger people these days don’t like a leaflet, but they do all have smartphones. This is a way of getting to them.”

Each “quick response sign” will display a black and white image known as a flash code.

With the help of various widely available free smartphone apps, users can scan the code in and be taken straight to an online source of information.

The technology is able to provide an audible spoken commentary, and even moving images.

The circular trail includes buildings of interest, monuments, and notable gardens.

En route, people will visit the houses of Sir Frederic Osborn and Ebenezer Howard in Guessens Road, and the town’s oldest house - 39 Bridge Road.

Tony asked people who like the idea to contact the borough council in support of the planning application, quoting reference 6/2017/0200/ADV.

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