By Andy Hirst
People can find out about the history of Huddersfield on their phone while walking around the town … or just sitting at home.
Discover Huddersfield Partnership has produced a web app for The Huddersfield On Foot Guide which reveals the heritage of the town for those with smartphones and those who want to discover the history of the town on their computer from the comfort of their homes.
The app is based on the printed Discover Huddersfield Trails with 12 trails available to follow, covering themes such as historic buildings and transport, cultural heritage including the Caribbean and music trails and local centres such as Birkby and Lindley.
Huddersfield On Foot works by using your phone’s GPS to see where you are, a map to follow points of interest and information about local landmarks. Access to the trails is free.
Vernon O’Reilly, chairman of Discover Huddersfield, said: “Huddersfield On Foot makes it even easier to discover our town, its extraordinary architecture, heritage and culture. It provides an ideal way to enjoy an informative stroll with the flexibility to follow more than one trail as you move from location to location or to explore online.”
There are 17 printed trails available from local information points and selected retailers and cafes, a programme of guided walks through the year and a number of virtual trails produced with the support of Kirklees Libraries (available by searching YouTube for Kirklees Libraries),
The partnership hopes the app will attract people from further afield who have an interest or are visiting the town.
It also complements activities being undertaken within the Huddersfield High Street Heritage Action Zone cultural programme, funded by Historic England.
* Written by former Huddersfield Examiner Head of Content ANDY HIRST who now runs his own Huddersfield-based agency AH! PR (https://ah-pr.com/) specialising in press releases, blogging and copywriting for business in Yorkshire and across the UK.