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Hidden Heritage app

The Hidden Heritage apps developed by AT Creative are an exciting new way to explore the Forest of Dean using your mobile phone or tablet device. 

Watch the images move between the past and the present:

What has the project delivered?

As you explore the app trails, your location is tracked on the map using the GPS built into your device. When you near a point of interest, the GPS triggers a set of information which relates to the site. This could be text, a static historic picture or a “fading image” that shows a smooth transition between the historic and modern landscape, taking you back in time to see what was once there.

The project has successfully provided a 'family of apps' illustrating various aspects of the Forest’s heritage.

There are three Hidden Heritage apps to help you explore the Forest's past, using both old maps and new technology:

  • Cinderford's Hidden Heritage app takes you on a trail of approximately 12 miles around the town and surrounding area, highlighting 24 points of interest including the Town Centre and The Triangle, Ruspidge Halt and Edgehills nature Reserve. You can choose to do as much, or as little of the trail as you like.
  • Coleford's Hidden Heritage follows a 7 mile route around the historic market town of Coleford, including Scarr Bandstand, Darkhill Iron Works and Titanic Steelworks.
  • Hidden Heritage of the Dean takes you on a 9 mile route following Forestry England's Family Cycle Trail.

How do I download the Apps?

The app is available for Android and Apple users, just visit your relevant app store to download, it’s FREE!

Read this news article on the apps to find out more. 

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