St Mary Street Digital Trail for Heritage Open Days

3rd September 2020 / News archive

Use a phone or tablet to enjoy Chippenham Museum’s self-led audible walking tour introducing some of the events and people that have shaped St Mary Street. The trail takes place from Friday 11 to Sunday 20 September for Heritage Open Days and is free to enjoy at any time of day.

Stroll along the picturesque street and scan QR codes to discover some of the people and stories behind the beautiful facades. To take part use a QR Code scanning app downloaded to a phone or tablet with access to mobile data.

Chippenham Mayor, Councillor Teresa Hutton, said “The museum has co-ordinated Chippenham’s Heritage Open Days events for several years. This year’s digital trail is an exciting and innovative development enabling residents and visitors to discover our town’s past whilst enjoying being in the fresh air.”

The trail offers a mixture of family-friendly fun and an introduction to the development of the buildings and their former residents. St Mary Street was once described by John Betjeman as ‘the most perfect unselfconscious bit of English country townscape one could hope to find’. The street even features in the opening credits of the Antiques Roadshow.

colourful illustrated map with five numbers circles and text advising to take care when crossing the road

Melissa Barnett, Head of Heritage and Museum Services, said “We’ve been working with residents along St Mary Street to discover several intriguing stories and create an introduction to what is a fascinating area of Chippenham. We soon discovered there is a wealth of information for us to gather and hope this will be the first of several projects about the street in the future both on and off-line.”

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture. Every year sites across the country hold events to celebrate their heritage, community and history. Find out more about Heritage Open Days here.

The trail has been created by Chippenham Museum, a Chippenham Town Council facility with free entry and level access throughout. Visits are currently by free timed ticket giving sole use of the museum for one hour Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm. Booking is available via the museum’s page on Chippenham Town Council’s website or by calling 01249 705020.