Hayle harbour mobile phone app will use oral history and photos to bring the past to life
Hayle visitors and residents will soon be able to use their smart phones to get a feel for how the town was in the past.
PhD student, Lucy Frears at Falmouth University has been awarded nearly £10,000 for her research project using Hayle Oral History Project's memory recordings and Hayle Community Archive's photos to create an interactive mobile phone app.
The project is one of the first in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant, which was launched in support of BBC Two's The Great British Story
Ms Frears said: "The mobile phone app will offer the community a place to hear memories and stories about the area for free but will also contribute to research on whether a deeper understanding of landscape can be gained through mobile phone app experiences."
The All Our Stories grant means she will have £9,900 to complete the project, which will also look to the community for help.
GPS will trigger audio memories of what Hayle harbour was like in the past, a fragmented story that moves between different people and different eras rather than a historical tour.
The project hopes to work with Hayle Youth Project to reach young people to record their impressions.
Ms Frears added: "I also want people in the community to be able to leave their own stories while participating, when their memory is triggered by the other stories, and essentially co-author the app."
The community can also get involved in various ways during the development stage by testing the software and offering feedback.
Hayle Mayor Jayne Ninnes, said: "I would like to congratulate Lucy and her team on designing such a useful and fun way to access local history. The app will make real stories come alive as people wander around our town. How great to stand on Hayle harbour and look about you whilst hearing stories of those who lived, played or worked there."
If you have memories of the Hayle Harbour area from Copperhouse Pool to the beach and chalets or photos, please get in contact to have them recorded at email@example.com, call 01736 753962 or drop in to the archive at Brewery Office, 1 Sea Lane on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to1pm.