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Explore Chichester with your smartphone

Chichester University students Sam Sykes and Gillian Willis talking to Ben and Joyce Ryan, with their dauaghter Leila, two. Picture by Kate Shemilt

Chichester University students Sam Sykes and Gillian Willis talking to Ben and Joyce Ryan, with their dauaghter Leila, two. Picture by Kate Shemilt

FOUR Chichester University students have set up a new history and information trail around the city for people with smartphones.

The new QR trail allows people to visit various attractions around Chichester, and scan a bar code with their phones, which will take them to a website with information on the history of the attraction as well as activities for children.

The project was set up by Gareth McGovern, Sam Sykes, Gillian Willis and Will Griffiths, who are in their final year studying Primary School Teaching at the university.

“We were asked to make a product which will make a change,” said Gareth. “So we have been working with 14 attractions around Chichester to make a QR code trail.

“It’s a history trail of Chichester where users can scan the QR code with their phones and it takes them to our website.”

The attractions involved include: Guildhall, Priory Park, Roman Walls, New Park Centre and Cinema, OxMarket Centre of Arts, St Pancras Church, St John’s Chapel, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester Cross, The Novium, Chichester Cathedral, Bishops Palace Gardens, Chichester Canal and The South Downs Planetarium.

There are sections for adults, children and for Polish speakers, so it caters for every need.

The group have been promoting the new venture around the city centre and have distributed leaflets to 5,500 schoolchildren in order to promote the new website.

When the students go on to their teaching jobs in September they will continue to run the website, with sponsors RW Electrics and the South Downs Planetarium.

“We just wanted to make something accessible to everyone and we wanted to make a legacy,” said Gareth.

Visit www.walkchi.co.uk for more.

 

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