This August sees the launch of a new audio tour at St Alkmund's Church in Shrewsbury, which will allow you to discover its rich history by scanning QR codes on your mobile phone - tour creator and narrator Jeremy Lund writes...
Mobile phones are everywhere, and there are probably as many opinions on phone etiquette as your teenage son has friends on TikTok…
I’m still on the side of most ‘oldies’ concerning people who conduct noisy business meetings in quiet cafés, or those who cycle (on pavements) while checking their messages. I am still occasionally startled when someone in the street suddenly begins to talk brightly to no-one in particular – this used to be a sign of possible madness, to be avoided by crossing the road. But where would I be without my WhatsApp, banking apps and TripAdvisor?
"So often I see people walk past beautiful and historic features of the church without knowing what they have just missed. Now, with the help of their own phone, visitors will receive a personal guided tour" - Jeremy Lund (Picture Credit - Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery)
New benefits arrive daily; one example is that many major tourist sites now have their own audio and even video tours. The experience of visiting Edinburgh Castle, St Paul’s Cathedral in London or the Bayeux Tapestry have all been improved by the availability of such guides, feeding the visitor interesting snippets of information on things that they might otherwise have passed by.
Saint Alkmund’s Church in Shrewsbury is currently celebrating its 1,111th year. This beautiful and historic church was founded by Aethelflaeda, daughter of Alfred the Great. The spire was new when Henry Tudor passed by, and the tower predates Columbus’ arrival in America. The remarkable East window is one of the treasures of Shrewsbury. The church even came to national attention when the St Alkmund’s Total Abstinence Society was held up around the country as a model of social reform.
August 1st sees the launch of the church’s own audio tour – accessed from its website HERE. For those who are easy with the technology, a simple QR code at the entrance allows you to find the tour within seconds. The full tour takes about 25 minutes, but it is also possible to pick and choose sections which match your own interests. Organ enthusiasts will hear the organ even if no-one else is around. If there are others present, however, listeners are asked to respect the peace of the church, and use an earpiece or turn the volume down!
Have a go! Scan the QR code to access the virtual tour of St Alkmund's Church in Shrewsbury - from August 1
So often I see people walk past beautiful and historic features of the church without knowing what they have just missed. Now, with the help of their own phone, visitors will receive a personal guided tour.
With a special tour for children planned and the possibility of a video version at some time in the future, it is hoped that the church will make many new friends, and bring still more people to its services, concerts and events.
To access the tour visit St Alkmund's website HERE