Horbury’s local history brought into the modern day with the QR Code Trail

Helen Bickerdike showcasing one of Horbury’s QR codes.

By Helen Bickerdike

The QR Code Trail was created by Horbury Civic Society, in conjunction with Horbury and Sitlington History Group, Horbury and District Historical Society, Horbury Village Partnership and Wakefield Council.

The first 17 locations were agreed, mainly around the conservation area (town centre), which followed an older Town Trail, and the plaques were put in place in October 2019.

When scanned with a smartphone, each code takes you to a short summary on the Civic Society website. For many of the plaques there is then a link to further information on horburyhistory.org.

You can find out about the history of the old House of Mercy to Horbury Working Members Club and many shops, churches and pubs in between.

The Civic Society were all set to begin phase two of the trail, installing 20 more plaques, before the first lockdown in March. Hopefully, we will be able to continue next year.

QR Codes are ideal for a history trail because people have instant access to information. The plaques also ‘flag up’ that there is something interesting to be learned, whether you are a first time visitor or a life-long resident.

I was born and brought up in Horbury, attending school in the town.

I have always loved my hometown of Horbury but getting involved in researching its history has made it even more special.

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