Church History Online

A bluetooth beacon

As part of the extensive programme of renovations we have installed a ‘beacon’ system in the church, giving our visitors a flavour of the history of St Edmund’s on their smartphone, if they choose to install the LiveBeacons app. These small beacons are placed near points of interest in the church, and as you move around and get within range of a beacon, the app pops up a web page giving you all the information about that item.

Having an online system offers many advantages compared to a printed book or A4 history sheet: we can add as much information as is needed, and it can be updated easily; we can show colour pictures to help explain the features; we can offer the information in different languages, or have a child-friendly version.

The system is still under development but we have several beacons around the church already, and the information is offered in English and Welsh.