Soundbite ‘treasure trail’ unveiled at Clitheroe Castle

Sound treasure trail unveiled
Sound treasure trail unveiled

A TREASURE trail with a 21st century sound twist was unveiled at Clitheroe Castle by national artists Steve Manthorp and Shanaz Gulzar.

Working with the staff at the North West Sound Archive and local writing groups, the pair have developed the treasure trail, which is made up from QR tags that when scanned by your mobile phone play clips of local writers and poets reciting a piece written especially for the spot that you are standing.

QR tags are the square barcode looking symbols that you see in all sorts of places from adverts to gas bills. To read the code all you need to do is download a QR tag reader to your smart mobile phone.

Alongside the trail, the artists have developed a range of QR tag jewellery that will be on sale in the museum shop. Made from squares of wood, each piece is etched with a QR tag that when read plays a sound gem from the archive, making the wearer a travelling exhibition for the sound archives collections.

The QR tag trail is in Clitheroe Castle grounds for the month of May alongside Ribble Valley’s Mayfest celebrations. It is free to explore the trail and you can pick up a trail map from the museum shop or the Platform Gallery.

This project is part of Creativity Works ReVisit programme of work that is taking place with museums and heritage sites across Pennine Lancashire and is funded by Renaissance North West and Arts Council England.