Historic Site Marks Centenary with a Beacon Discovery App

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Fron-goch, situated on the edge of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, is a historical site with an interesting story to tell.  Now the location of an old train station and local school, the site was once a whiskey distillery, then a WW1 Prisoner of War camp for German soldiers and finally an internment camp for Irish rebels held in the wake of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin.

One hundred years on, the camp’s little-known story is being told with the help of a mobile phone app developed by Snowdonia National Park using Locly Native. The app will help visitors discover more about what happened at the camp in 1916 when 1800 rebels from Dublin’s Easter Rising were detained there.

As there is little remaining at the site today, beacon devices have been placed in the areas where the camp’s main buildings once stood, which trigger relevant content in the app as visitors pass by. With the help of old photographs and historical accounts, the app brings the history of the North and South Camps to life and retells stories of the teachers, poets, artists, trade unionists and military strategists who were once imprisoned there, including Michael Collins.

The app is available in English, Welsh and Irish Gaelic and has 5 main sections: Welcome, North Camp, South Camp, Gallery and Caffi Fron-goch.  The Locly Native app template was created by Locly and populated with content by the Snowdonia National Park using the Locly online CMS – a process that took less than 2 weeks to complete. The design is clean and simple, and with just 5 short sections, it is the perfect size for anyone wanting to quickly learn more about the camp’s history when visiting the site.

The app is being promoted by the Snowdonia National Park online and can also be found by scanning a QR code on the site’s interpretation board. It can also be downloaded from the Apple and Google Play stores.  Fron-goch is marking the centenary with a programme of events on 10th-11th June 2016.

Creating a beacon app like Fron-goch’s is easy using the Locly Native app template. For more information on how you can get started, please get in touch.