Residents and visitors to Salisbury can now download a new app to discover the stories behind the people and events that shaped the city’s history.
The free, easy to use location-aware app, called Salisbury Trails, guides people to Salisbury’s key landmarks, historic sites and cultural and arts venues. It will help people find the city sights close to them and discover the stories behind them, or people can follow a themed trail to explore the city’s rich heritage and uncover hidden histories. It includes historic photos, engravings and information from the archives of the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre that show how Salisbury has changed over time.
Cllr Richard Clewer, Deputy Leader of Wiltshire Council and Cabinet Member for Heritage, Arts and Tourism, said: “We are delighted to launch this new and exciting app that highlights the unique and wonderful sights of Salisbury. Recent events have combined to reduce visitors to the city centre and footfall for our local businesses. The walking trails and other features of the app are a great opportunity for more residents and visitors to safely explore the city and also take the opportunity to visit and enjoy our local shops, cafes and cultural venues while respecting social distancing and the other current COVID-19 guidelines.
“The app also provides a digital space we can use in the future to encourage more use of other market towns and places of interest as we develop trails across the whole county.”
Currently, the app has three themed trails:
- A Medieval Meanderings trail takes people on a walk through Salisbury’s medieval streets and into historic buildings.
- A trail that takes people through the trials and tribulations experienced by the city with Witchcraft, Riots and Treason.
- Inspired by Salisbury Civic Society’s book Salisbury in detail, the #LookUpSalisbury trail highlights some of the strange and fun features of the city’s historic buildings including a bear, a lion and the mythical symbol of Wessex – the Wyvern
New trails will be added over the coming months with opportunities for residents to contribute content and share their stories.
The app has been created by Wiltshire Council and Bristol-based app developer Calvium on the Place Experience Platform which supports the local and visitor economy.
Dr Jo Morrison, Director of Innovation and Research, Calvium said: “By harnessing the power of digital technologies to drive place-based recovery and growth, the overall experience of visitors, communities and businesses is significantly improved.”
The app is available free for download to Apple and Android devices via the Apple app store and Google Play