Chippenham Museum has launched a QR code trail as a way for families to learn more about the history of the town’s St Mary’s Street.

The trail will run from 11-20 September and is free to enjoy as part of Heritage Open Days, England’s largest annual festival of history and culture with sites across the country celebrating their heritage. St Mary Street was once described by poet John Betjeman as ‘The most perfect unselfconscious bit of English country townscape one could hope to find’. Plus it even features in the opening credits of The Antiques Roadshow! 

“The self-led audible walking tour allows families to us a phone or tablet to learn about some of the events and people that have shaped St Mary Street,” explained Claire Selman from Chippenham Museum.

“Users will have the chance to stroll along this hidden gem and scan QR codes for a mixture of family-friendly fun and an introduction to the development of the street. To take part, all you will need is a QR Code scanning app downloaded to a phone or tablet with access to mobile data. For a guide to the QR code locations, visit Chippenham Museum’s website.

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, please be mindful of others when enjoying the trail, maintain social distancing and if the trail is busy, return when quieter. In the event of government guidance changing, the trail may be cancelled at short notice.”

As well as the trail, visits to Chippenham Museum are currently available by free timed ticket, giving sole use of the museum for one hour, Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm. Booking is available via the museum’s page on Chippenham Town Council’s website or by calling 01249 705020.