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Mobile app reveals ‘Everyday’ Heroes

Dr John Price, a historian based at the University of Roehampton, is part of a team behind a new mobile application for Smartphones and tablet computers which, for the first time, reveals the stories of the ‘everyday’ heroes and heroines commemorated on a unique Victorian memorial in London.

Posted: 6 May 2014

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The Everyday Heroes of Postman’s Park mobile app is free and available on both Android and iOS platforms
The Watts Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice in Postman’s Park is a remarkable monument commemorating 62 individuals - men, women and children - who lost their lives while attempting to save another. The short narratives that feature on the tablets fascinate visitors to the site but the full stories of the lives and deaths of those commemorated have remained inaccessible, until now.

The new mobile app changes that. Using innovative image recognition technology, users of the app can access genealogical details of each commemorated individual and their extended family, along with a full and detailed account of the incident in which they died and interactive maps allowing them to locate sites of interest.

As Dr Price noted: “Many visitors chance upon the monument accidently and, although immediately captivated by the tragic stories, there was no way for them to discover more. Because of its listed status, it was impossible to provide any more information on or near the monument. The app solves this problem and allows visitors to access a wealth of information as and when they require it, either in the park or elsewhere”.

The app was developed in collaboration with Prossimo Ventures Ltd. and Creativeworks London, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Evelyn Wilson, Head of Knowledge Exchange Programming at Creativeworks London said: “This was an exciting project which has led to the creation of something that promises to open up access to historical information. This app makes the story of our urban spaces immediately accessible, supplying information that until now had only been available through archives. Applications such as this have the potential to allow heritage sites to reveal themselves in an immediate fashion to many people”.

The Everyday Heroes of Postman’s Park mobile app is free and available on both Android and iOS platforms, making it compatible with the iPhone, the iPad and most modern Smartphones and tablet computers. The app can be downloaded from the iTunes and Google Play stores. More details about the app and links to download it can be found at www.postmanspark.org.uk and keep updated with news by following @Everydayheroism on Twitter.

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