Yardley primary school, Oasis Academy Hobmoor have teamed up with arts organisation, Mercurial Arts to launch a brand new digital app that will share Yardley’s local heritage through the stories and memories of its residents and communities.

The App, ‘Histories at Hobmoor’ is the culmination of a two year-long project that saw schoolchildren, and local residents participate in a series of poetry and heritage workshops during a programme of holiday and afterschool sessions. They have been working with professional artists to create the work before uploading the media for app users to enjoy.

Darren King, Principal of Oasis Academy Hobmoor, said; “It has been fantastic to be part of this exciting project with Mercurial Arts, the engagement by our local community and pupils of Oasis Academy Hobmoor has been amazing. I can’t wait to see the developments of the App over the coming months with community members adding even more of their own memories from across Yardley.”

Mercurial Arts Artistic Director Oliver Scott said: “This project has been a delightful journey over the last two years. Yardley has fantastic local community members and creative children. It has been a real joy running the workshops and connecting the participants with our artists and heritage workers. We are now launching our app, as an experience for people to get out and about in Yardley hear the memories in locations and share their own stories. The website is where people can upload and share their memories of the area and will continue as a local history resource”

As well as learning about those who have walked the Hobmoor trail before them, there is also an opportunity for members of the public to upload their own stories, memories and photographs from the local area.

A celebratory launch event was held earlier in the month at Oasis Academy Hobmoor. The free app was available for guests to download and the users taken on the Histories at Hobmoor tour.

The app will be an ongoing resource that people from Yardley and beyond can continue to connect with and use well into the future to find out more about Yardley and the history of its community. Available to download now from the Google Play Store and Apple App store when searching for Histories at Hobmoor.

The project has been funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund in partnership with Oasis Academy Hobmoor.

Mercurial Arts and Mercurial Dance are an arts organisation based in Coventry with substantial experience producing and delivering arts projects for young people. With a specialism in Dance and Digital art, our work has grown from a performance project to developing & delivering whole school arts curricula.

For more information please contact Oliver Scott, Artistic and Executive Director via email info@mercurialdance.co.uk / 07884 068108 or visit www.historiesathobmoor.mercurialarts.co.uk