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New app helping to uncover Buckingham's history

Buxplore has gone live this week and is seen as an alternative to the usual blue plaques scheme.

Published by Dan Gooding at 7:55am 30th May 2020. 3-minute read.

New app helping to uncover Buckingham's history

An alternative to the blue plaques scheme has gone live in Buckingham - on smart phones.

The new app - called Buxplore - has been designed to help residents and visitors uncover the history of the town.

The Buxplore project started in 2019, when Buckingham Town Council had the idea to create a more exciting alternative to blue plaques to mark out the historic foundations of the town, from royal visits to war council meetings and community celebrations. 

The app is interactive, with each route featuring challenges as well as stories, historic photographs, audio tours and more. 

Buxplore app

Supported by a £10,000 grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, project work started in the autumn, and students from local schools were invited to take part.

The name Buxplore, ideas about how the app should work and what routes include came from meetings between secondary school students at the Buckingham School, the Council and app developer Mark Vanstone from TechnoVisual. 

While a physical launch has had to be delayed, the Council intends to host a celebration to all those who helped contribute at a later date; including local historians, Buckingham Library, Old Gaol Museum, Buckingham Society, Centre for Buckinghamshire studies and local schools.

The app would not have been possible without 'the fantastic historic knowledge of those who volunteered to help with the project'.

Virtual mode

Buxplore app

Buckingham Town Council say they know some families are shielding at home.

To help keep everyone entertained the app now contains a virtual mode.

You can choose your route, then visit the settings page to turn on virtual mode and you can explore Buckingham from the comfort of your own home. 

Cllr. Geraldine Collins, Mayor of Buckingham:

"The Council is extremely excited to share Buxplore with residents and visitors to Buckingham at a time when we know many more people are looking for fascinating walks in their local area.

"Buxplore gives us all the opportunity to spend more time in the town, finding the secret history amongst our beautiful green parks and buildings. We're grateful to the National Lottery and their players for the chance to develop the project."

Primary school student, Molly, who tested the app last week, said:

"It was really, really great! The ammonite was my favourite. I like that it's not behind a screen, it's right there, and it feels like you're a part of history."

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