Follow the Swaffham trail with school’s smartphone codes

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The secrets of dozens of Swaffham’s buildings have been revealed thanks to a town school’s project.

Visitors can now use their smartphones to scan QR codes, using a free app, that give more information about 44 sites researched by pupils from the Sacred Heart School.

As well as writing and recording the stories of each building, the pupils designed the codes and produced a brochure detailing all the locations.A map showing the locations is also available.

The project was devised as a holiday challenge by the school’s headteacher, Sister Francis Ridler.

She said: “I am truly proud of their efforts and hope that visitors to Swaffham will enjoy walking the trail.

“We have all learnt a great deal about modern technology from this project and one of the pupil taught me that it is difficult to activate the codes in Swaffham without having 3G on your smartphone.

“But they also said that if you pick up a town trail leaflet you can continue with a virtual tour from your arm chair using your own wi-fi system.”

The codes describe the buildings on the trail, as well as giving information about some of the well-known characters linked with them, including Howard Carter, the man who discovered the tomb of Tutanhkamun.

The school worked with the Swaffham Museum on the project and its manager, Sue Gattuso, said: “Developing the trail has been a wonderful experience for the students.

“Their work brings to life the many characters and events connected to Swaffham.

“We have been delighted to help in this project, which has become an important part of the work being undertaken as part of the Heritage Lottery supported Swaffham Market 800 celebrations.”