The historic railway town of Wolverton is carving out an unlikely new reputation for itself as a modern, vibrant Milton Keynes outpost, writes Adrian Leibowitz.
Residents have always spoken of its unique sense of community and Victorian charm.
But the town that had already begun reinventing itself by attracting high-end restaurants, a craft-beer centre and a yoga studio has now firmly sealed the deal – by launching its own smartphone app.
Wolverton’s vision-statement is ‘industrial past, bright future’ and the the app is certainly a huge stride forward into the 21st century for the town.
Wolverton and Greenleys Town Council has been working with Living Archive Milton Keynes to produce an interactive town trail app that guides you around its history and landmarks, most of which are connected to its past as the very first railway ‘company’ town.
The app includes descriptions and archive images of over 20 places of interest. Each location is accompanied by an audio clip of people speaking about how the town used to be, the earliest from 1906.
Darren Umney, the town trail developer, said: “There are three trails that have been specifically created for the app. One guides you around early Wolverton, another follows in the footsteps of the railway workers and one recycles some of the existing pavement trail markers.”
The town trail app will be officially launched at the Old Bath House, Wolverton, on Friday January 20, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.
Go along to find out more, download the app or pick up printed trail leaflets. The launch will be accompanied by an exhibition of photographs from the archive.
For more information visit livingarchive.org.uk.