Pershore Big Heritage Quest - Up date
One year on and I am writing to you to thank you once again for the wonderful way everyone responded to the demands of the Pershore Big Heritage Quest (PBHQ).
Over this past year I have replayed the video of the event in the council chamber many times and marvelled at the standard of the reports and the quality and confidence of the young people involved. Now it is my turn to share with you how all the hard work is being used.
As you will remember we set out to produce a Time Traveller’s Guide to the Pershore area. We talked about it being for Arthur, but always intended it to be for the general public and to be available online. I am pleased to be able to tell you that the Guide is now online, but it needs a little bit of tidying up before we can launch it to the wider public. Check it out for yourself at http://www.heritagedetectives.org. We will keep adding information that comes our way and hope it will prove useful.
The Time Traveller’s Guide is one section of a new web site aimed at people with an interest in the local history and heritage of Worcestershire. Alongside the Time Traveller’s Guide and information about the areas where Go West has been active over the years we have developed a new heritage game for families and groups, including school. ‘Play Heritage Detectives’ is a game that builds from the detective work you pioneered by the schools last year, it uses much of the information they discovered.
The game comes in two versions:
’Explore with Arthur’ http://www.heritagedetectives.org/heritage-detectives/explore-with-arthur/
’Explore a Place Near You' http://www.heritagedetectives.org/heritage-detectives/explore-a-place-near-you/
Both versions require heritage detectives to gather information for Arthur and his friends but ‘Explore with Arthur’ is aimed a beginners and comes with ready made trails and all the information needed to complete each quest in a simple downloadable package. There are trails for Pershore and one for each of the villages where the schools took part on the PBHQ.
It was always intended that the game would be available as a mobile phone app. Olly John, ex Pershore High School, patiently helped us take our first steps in game production. It required a lot of logical thought, plus a clear head and a focus that took time to develop. Then we discovered that our new web site was already mobile friendly so there was no need for an app - so that won’t be happening.
And there you have it, we hope that you will consider your hard work well used, none of this would have happened without your help and support. Periodic Newsletters will keep you in touch with our onward progress but we would love to hear from you if you have any suggestions or comments.
Congratulations to Olly John - he has landed himself a wonderful opportunity as a Software Engineer with Capgemini. We wish him every success and thank him for all he has contributed to this project.
We welcome photographers from 'Camerada', a local photography group, they will help gather images for The Time Traveller's Guide.
Over the summer Olly John, now a University student but originally from Pershore High School, has been developing a mobile phone app for us.
With this app downloaded onto your smart phone (android and windows only at the moment) you can be part of Pershore's Big Heritage Quest.