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Published May 26th 2021
Learn about Staffordshire park's history with audio guide
Visitors to a Staffordshire park are being invited to download a new audio tour to enable them to find out fascinating facts about the historic green space. The free audio tour has been provided for Beacon Park in Lichfield by the local Lichfield District Council. Narrated by Sue Baird, a former Visit Lichfield tour guide, the self-guided audio tour includes insights on how Beacon Park was established. It also includes information about the park's historical monuments, including 18th century Martyrs' Plaque, the Chancellor Law's Fountain and the statues of King Edward VII, inventor Erasmus Darwin, and Staffordshire-born Captain Edward Smith who went down with his ship, the Titanic, in 1912. The tour takes up to one hour, although tour goers can decide how much of it they want to do as it is split into downloadable chapters.
Captain Smith, who went down with the Titanic when it hit an iceberg
Councillor Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council's Cabinet member responsible for leisure and parks, said: "The audio tour is a fantastic way for visitors to find out more about Beacon Park's long history, from what the land was used for in the past right up to the present day. Many thanks to Sue for volunteering her time, and a special thank you to Eric Harding and to Lichfield Cathedral for their help. I hope plenty of people will enjoy learning about our beautiful park's history and for the little ones, don't forget we also have the Swinfen Broun brass rubbing trail, which is great fun and a perfect activity for half term."
Anyone wanting to access Beacon Park's audio tour map and the sound files, which can be listened to online using a mobile device, can go to www.lichfieldhistoricparks.co.uk/audiotour The audio tour maps are also available to buy for £1 from the Ranger Station in Beacon Park where you can also pick up a Swinfen Broun brass rubbing trail for 50p. Added Coun Eadie: "And, if you enjoy following Beacon Park's audio tour, why not book a Visit Lichfield guided tour where you'll be led by an expert guide around the city centre to find out about Lichfield's heritage. Filled with intrigue, battles, brilliant brains and much more, the tours make Lichfield's history come alive."