Swaffham pupils unlock town’s history with a digital trail

Pupils at Swaffham's Sacred Heart School have put QR codes around the town. Pictured are (from left)

Pupils at Swaffham's Sacred Heart School have put QR codes around the town. Pictured are (from left) Julian Oseni (15), Niamh Hodges (14) and Aaron Blatch (15). Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Schoolchildren have opened the history of their town to the digital age as the community gears up to celebrate 800 years of its market.

Pupils at Sacred Heart School in Swaffham have created the Swaffham Town Trail using QR codes.

The 44 'quick response' codes can be scanned using a smartphone or tablet and allow people to access a recording which tells them more about the location or person.

Among the points of interest are renowned landmarks, including the Butter Cross and St Peter and St Paul's Church.

The trail also features an insight into Swaffham's connections with comedian Harry Hill, who was once attacked by a swan in the town, and Victoria Cross recipient Sir Arthur Knyvet Wilson.

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People can pick up a map to guide them on their trail and the red-bordered QR codes are in windows and outside on posts and railings.

The initiative has been launched just days before the town's celebrations to mark 800 years of Swaffham market. The two-day extravaganza will be held next weekend, July 18-19.

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Sister Francis Ridler, headteacher at Sacred Heart School, said: 'It's been absolutely fantastic, the children have worked so hard and have been so enthusiastic. They are pleased with their results and they have got something to show for their hard work. It will be here forever.'

Inspiration for the trail came from Greyfriars Bobby. Sister Francis had noticed how the statue of the famed Skye terrier had a QR code.

The Sacred Heart pupils were set the task as part of their half-term holiday challenge.

Are you marking 800 years of Swaffham market? Email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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