Media release - issued 18 Nov 2021
App puts Aldershot on the map
Six new heritage trails give residents and visitors to Aldershot the chance to find out all about the town's rich history in a thoroughly modern way - through downloading a mobile app.
The trails tell the story of Aldershot from its beginnings as a tiny village back in 1850 and how it grew through Victorian times as the Home of the British Army to its current status today.
The heritage trails will be launched at Princes Gardens, Aldershot, at midday on Saturday (November 20) as part of the event.
The six trails, titled Stanhope, Redan, Village, Wellington, Town and Marlborough, each have their own start pointed designated by a tall totem. Collectively the trails cover both the civilian and military towns extending to North Camp.
The trails highlight almost 200 points of interest that include many buildings, events and people of which the history were previously relatively unknown. The Town Trail also offers augmented reality features which allow the user to go back in time through their phone screen and also to take a souvenir selfie against a historic backdrop.
Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet member for Planning and Economy, Councillor Marina Munro, said: "The heritage trails project is an amazing opportunity for everyone to find out more about the wonderful history of Aldershot, from its humble beginnings as a small village of just 700 people back in the mid nineteenth century. The project aims are to protect, commemorate and celebrate that history and build local pride in where we live, while at the same time showcasing the town's heritage countrywide."
The app can be downloaded from Aldershot Heritage Trails website or by going to the App Store or Google Play on your phone.
To complement the website and app, printed booklets are also available from the Princes Hall, Aldershot Military Museum and Aldershot Library.