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GPS enhances history lesson

A new project is linking history with new technology. Sixth formers are to use GPS to show tourists historic sites in a Denbighsire town in U.K. The history students at Ysgol Brynhyfryd will be equipped with palm-held computers showing Ruthin’s historic buildings via GPS. Data will be accessible via the computers close to sites when students act as tour guides later this month. The A-level pupils have already digitised documents found among the archives in the town.

Students will use their palm-tops to show visitors historic buildings including the former Lordship Courthouse, which was built in 1401, a year after the town was sacked during Owain Glyndwr’s ultimately unsuccessful rebellion. Also open for viewing will be the 15th Century Grade 1-listed Nantclwyd House, which is undergoing a £600,000 restoration programme.