Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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Ryde Heritage Audio Trail launch Saturday 15 May 2010

Ryde Heritage Audio Trail launch on Saturday 15 May 2010 at St Thomas Heritage Centre, St Thomas Street, Ryde from 10am to 4pm.

Ryde Social Heritage Group has been working with Living Links for two years to produce this exciting project.

Living Links is a three year Heritage Lottery funded project to help local communities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight celebrate their stories. The project is supported by the Isle of Wight Record Office and Hampshire Archives Trust. The project has provided support to local community groups by delivering Archive Ambassador training across the region and has also funded a number of creative projects including the Ryde Heritage Audio Trail.

Ryde Heritage Audio Trail is a guided walk around Ryde, starting at Lind Street, going to St Thomas Square, down Union Street to the Pier, along the Esplanade to the far end of the Canoe Lake, then back along the Esplanade and up St Thomas Street ending at St Thomas Church. To walk the whole trail it will take about two hours and we have designed it to be accessible to wheelchair and mobility scooter users.

Along the Trail there are seventeen stops where you will be able to listen to the audio files (on MP3 players or some mobile phones). All of the stops are illustrated with historic detail about the town which we have selected from archives and the audio files have been professionally produced by a company called ATS Heritage and sound fantastic! As soon as the Audio Trail is launched you will be able to download the files from this website, www.rshg.org.uk and also from www.talking-guides.com.

At the Open day on Saturday 15 May we will have an exhibition all about the trail in St Thomas Church and members of the group will be available to talk to you about the trail and to show you how you can download and listen to the audio files.

We hope that you will be able to join us.