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Heritage QR code research project

As the final dissertation part of a Building Conservation MSc at the Weald and Downland Museum, a website has been created that uses a whole range of online technologies, but which focuses specifically on the benefits that the use Quick Response (QR) codes can bring to UK heritage and conservation. See the website at www.itsinconservation.co.uk

QR codes appear frequently now, and are regularly used in magazines, posters, on TV and buildings as an advertising tool.  The QR research initiative will explore the effective use of QR codes to help visitors of all ages to UK heritage locations, by providing links to new and interesting online and text information.

The goal is to use QR codes to help UK heritage site vistors to get a better appreciation and understanding of our unique buildings, history and culture. A QR code research trial is running from June to August 2012 with over 70 QR codes at 4 sites including Dover Castle, Boxgrove Priory, Bramber Castle and the South Downs National Park.

Using a QR reader linked to the built-in camera on their mobiles or devices and a mobile internet connection, visitors will be able to scan any of the QR codes at the sites, plus also download the QR reader at the entrance to each site if they don’t currently have it on their device.

The results of the QR code research will be finalised towards the end of August and then presented in September 2012 to the heritage and conservation sectors.

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Scanning waypost QR codes

Scanning waypost QR codes

QR codes are easy to scan and cheap and simple to produce and replace. The mobile web pages they link to can also be continually updated.

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