A free mobile phone app which gives users a view of the history of Hayle has been published on iTunes.
The Hayle Churks app was created by doctoral research student, Lucy Frears, and recreates the story of Hayle by automatically playing memories and showing photographs as users walk through the town.
Ms Frears, who studies at Falmouth University, received help to create the app from Heritage Lottery Fund’s All Our Stories grant.
She said: “The app is an abstract experience that involves walking through people’s memories from different decades. The walker uses the information they have: their location, the story, archive pictures and historical facts on the map to try to piece together the clues. The app reveals and locates experiences from Hayle’s past and present which may nudge us to think about the future of the town and our own legacy.
“At a time when town councils are being given planning powers, it’s important to be reminded about the past significance of land that can, in Hayle’s case, look derelict but is historically important.”
The app uses many memories recorded by Hayle Oral History Project plus archive pictures from international, national and local archives but especially Hayle Community Archive’s scanned images from personal collections.
In addition to sound effects recorded by Ms Frears, ranging from birds in Paradise Park to sounds on the beach and underwater recording experiments, there are songs from a range of artists including Falmouth-based musician Thirty Pounds of Bone and Hayle-born folk singer Joff Ryan.
The app walking route can be split into short manageable sections or walked in one go for approximately two hours starting from the Hayle Heritage Centre gate in Foundry Square.
There is also a manual feature on the published app so that media can be heard and played from any location.
“The Hayle Churks app could be described as a love letter to Hayle but it’s not just sentimental nostalgia or a PR exercise. As well as happy stories and funny stores, the app reveals terrible consequences of personal and public decisions, mistakes and wrongdoing that, perhaps, we can learn from. It’s certainly not simply promoting a good old days point of view about the past,” added Ms Frears.
The app is currently only available to iPhone users but clips and photos are uploaded regularly to Hayle Churks historypin website.
Ms Frears is hoping to gain more information about Cornish Copper Company to add to the app and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org