The Forest of Dean’s heritage is no longer a fading memory.
Through the power of amazing imagery, the Hidden Heritage of the Dean iOS and Android app reveals the area’s rich industrial past that was in danger of being lost forever. Listen to Bob Smith reveal how his interest in the Forest of Dean’s disappearing mining heritage led to the development of an amazing app.
With the help of an interactive 1920s Ordnance Survey map, the GPS-triggered app guides visitors along the Forest of Dean’s ‘Family cycle trail’ – the former Severn and Wye steam Railway. There are 30 points of interest to explore. Each place of interest page is populated with stunning, automatically fading images that transition perfectly from historic photos (some dating back 120 years) to the modern scene today. See how the coal mines, quarries and railway once looked in this now idyllic setting.
The video also features two further recent apps in the series: Coleford’s Hidden Heritage and Cinderford’s Hidden Heritage, which both also feature amazing fading images to discover along the walking trails. All three apps are built using AT Creative’s Places and Trails app platform.
The HLF-funded Forester’s Forest Landscape Partnership scheme helped to fund the project. Here’s just a sample of some feedback we’ve had since launch:
“Fantastic app, thank you…the fading in and out of the photos is very fascinating.” Helen “This is fascinating. Me and my 8 year old stared at these photos all morning, we are really enjoying this app.” Amy “Brilliant app thanks” Scott “Thank you. Amazing app. Really enjoying it.” Tim “Great app and clearly the product of much hard work.” Angela
Download the Hidden Heritage of the Dean app
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