Bucks New University develops World War One heritage trail App with HEFCE grant


Date: 10th Jan 2017

Students at Buckinghamshire New University are getting to grips with points of interest from the First World War by developing a heritage trail app for history buffs.

The app, navigating notable sites in High Wycombe from the Great War, is being paid for through part of a £39,000 grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The University is among 67 universities and colleges awarded a total of £2.8 million under the HEFCE Catalyst Fund.

The 'Heritage Trail App', developed with Wycombe District Council, accompanies a heritage trail being developed by the district council and focuses on sites including war memorials outside All Saints Church in Church Square, High Wycombe.

Other sites include a stained glass window in The Guildhall in High Wycombe commemorating those who returned from the Great War; and the chapel at Wycombe Abbey School, which was home to the Carrington family whose son, Viscount Wendover, fought in the Great War and is remembered with a commemorative stone.

BSc (Hons) Computing students and BA (Hons) Creative Advertising students, led by Dr Richard Mather, Reader in Geomatics & Education, and Dr Helena Chance, Reader in the History and Theory of Design, are working together on the project.

Dr Mather said: "The projects will provide our students with an authentic experience of working with other courses across creativity and technology. The App is one of the first initiatives we will be working on."

Dr Chance added: "This is an example of the University's work in applied research and innovation and reinforces our role as an anchor institution in the region, working to benefit our students and the community."

The project team also comprises Bucks New University's Rebecca Rochon, Senior Lecturer - Education; Richard Jones, Principal Lecturer in Computing & IT; Bruce Sinclair, Principal Lecturer and Course Leader of Creative Advertising; and Associate Lecturer Jon Jackson.

HEFCE will work with the project so that the innovations and lessons learnt are shared with other providers across higher education.

The trail, the app, information and activity packs and supporting exhibition material will be launched by the district council during summer 2017.