Smartphones bring history of Yate and Sodbury to life

February 26 2019
Smartphones bring history of Yate and Sodbury to life

A DIGITAL project is helping to bring history to life in Yate and Sodbury.

Anyone with a smartphone or tablet can tap into the history of local people using QR codes posted at various sites in the towns.

The codes – similar to barcodes but readable by the camera of a phone – have been places that have a significance in the story of the area over the past century.

The project aims to engage local people with the First World War centenary and has involved working with schools and community groups.

QR stands for quick response. When scanned, the QR codes provide a link to a wealth of information and personal stories about people named on the memorials at sites including the Lych Gate at St Mary’s Church, the Parnall Grave Memorial and Commonwealth grave in St Mary’s churchyard.

Volunteers of Yate Town Council’s Yate & District Heritage Centre have researched the stories of those named on the QR Codes.

Volunteer Sylvia Eastwood said: “In finding out the extra details of the lives of the people from the Yate area, hopefully will help the young people to understand their sacrifice, not just a name on a memorial, but once living persons.”

More information can be found online at


Picture shows, left to right: Sally Johnston, community projects officer of Yate Town Council; Reverend Ian Wallace, team rector St Mary’s Church; Jane Marley, South Gloucestershire Council museums and heritage officer; David Hardill, community heritage officer, Yate & District Heritage Centre.