BRLSI’s Bath Discovery Trails App
From Jurassic creatures via the Romans to the Bath of the present day, some of the greatest names and most significant moments in history have come to be associated with the city of Bath.
Alongside the Bath narratives we might all be familiar with, the association with the novels of Austen, the discovery of Uranus by Herschel, many other culturally significant but lesser-known moments also took place within the city walls. Did you know for instance that Bath was once considered the cradle of world geology? Or that one of the most famous scientists of all time held a connection with the city that was to fortify him through his own crisis of faith. You didn’t! Then BRLSI’s new Bath Discovery Trails smartphone app is about to revolutionize your daily walk and enlighten you at the same time! There are four great trails to choose from entitled The First Meteorite, The War Crosses, On the Origin of Species, and The Railway Leviathan, and whichever trail you opt for you are bound not only to find yourself illuminated but to have enormous amounts of fun into the bargain.
The four stories included in the trails span 4.2 billion years: from the very formation of our planet to the lost worlds of extinct species, from the friendship that forged Darwin’s Origin of Species to the world’s first industrial war. Focusing on a single artefact from the collection of the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI), each trail will take you on a historical journey through the city to reveal a detailed and fascinating story about that object’s connection to Bath and BRLSI. Each trail begins at a unique location and will lead you back to the BRLSI building in Queen Square where you can see for yourself the objects that provided inspiration for your walk on display as part of a dedicated exhibition.
The trails are designed for adults and children aged 10 and over, and are intended to be as interactive as possible, inviting walkers to engage with their natural surroundings through the provision of a ‘picture challenge’ where images are uploaded to a gallery on your phone, these can be shared with other walkers using the hashtags #BRLSI #BathDiscoveryTrails if you so wish. And in case your knowledge of Bath’s geography is not the knowledge of a Somerset native, the app uses GPS (Global Positioning System) to guide you along every step of the way. Each route is distinct, and takes between 90 and 120 minutes to complete, passing many local cafes and hostelries on route!