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New interactive app launched to uncover hidden First World War history in Doncaster

Posted  1 November 2016 in News   Projects and Resources  
By Liz Robertson
Walking the trail of Doncaster town Centre

Explore the hidden world of First World War Doncaster and its surrounding towns and villages, with the launch of a free mobile app showcasing new interactive walking trails across the borough – the result of hours of work by local historians and volunteers, as well as funding made possible by National Lottery players.

During the walks, streets, homes and businesses reveal clues to a surprising 100 year-old past, from key landmarks in the area’s wartime history to more intimate family moments, all illustrated by original photographs and real-life accounts.

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Launched to mark the centenary of the First World War by Doncaster 1914-18, a four-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the new app – suitable for both iPhone and Android devices – aims to build a picture of wartime life, and has been created by Doncaster 1914-18 project volunteers, members of the Doncaster and District Heritage Association and the Mexborough and District Heritage Society.

In addition to two interactive walks exploring Doncaster town centre, the app also features trails around Mexborough and Rossington, with more local history walks planned as the project progresses, including a special trail across the borough to commemorate Doncaster’s Victoria Cross winners in 2017.

The app features a camera function, so that home historians can take photographs of their family’s First World War memorabilia, and then upload them to the Doncaster 1914-18 website. Alternatively, it is possible to use the app’s camera to take photographs of landmarks in the present day, to compare them with the historical images featured on the walking trails.

To explore the area’s history in more depth, the app also contains an up-to-date calendar of Doncaster 1914-18 events taking place throughout the area.

Jude Holland, Project Manager from Doncaster 1914-18:  “During these short walks – between just 0.5 to 2 miles in length – you’ll be able to experience this lost wartime world as never before.   We’re keen to hear from anyone in the local community who can help us build more trails in the future.  If you have a family story to share, or know about your street’s First World War history, then please get in touch!”

To download the app or for more details about Doncaster 1914-18, visit www.doncaster1914-18.org.uk, or search 1914-18 on the Google play or Apple stores.

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