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HistoryPoints.org brings local history to your mobile phone.

Scan the barcodes you find at HiPoints to receive an instant snippet of history about buildings, memorials and other permanent features in your community or the place you’re visiting. All our HiPoints (historical points) have been hand-picked because there’s something interesting to say about them.

Click on all the HiPoints you see in a town and you'll soon understand more about the environment around you -  how, why and when it was created, who used to live there, how they earned a living, local heroes and much more.

Please note - HiPoints are not advertising in disguise! They're selected by our partners and supporters, who are non-commercial.

Oh, and why do we call them HiPoints? We're all familiar with using cashpoints to withdraw cash from the bank. Now we can use HiPoints to withdraw interesting information!

How to use HistoryPoints

It’s simple if your mobile camera phone has a QR barcode reader. You can download one free from here: http://www.quickmark.com.tw/En/basic/download.asp Once downloaded to your phone, use your file manager to navigate to the QR software, select Options, then Install. You're now ready to start scanning - it couldn't be easier.

Look out for HistoryPoints QR labels in the windows of historic buildings. They’re also attached to posts, walls, noticeboards and other places at or near HiPoints.

Scan the first QR code on the label to receive an instant summary about the HiPoint. You don't need internet connection to do this.

If you want to read more, scan the second QR code which will take you to the HiPoint’s page on the HistoryPoints.org website. There you can read more information about the HiPoint and its context, find links to relevant external websites (e.g. for a building’s opening hours), or navigate to other HiPoints we think you’ll want to explore.

HiPoints are mapped on HistoryPoints.org, so you can easily find your way from one to another.

If your phone can’t connect to the internet at the HiPoint, you can store the web page address (URL) in your phone and view the page later.

You can also explore HistoryPoints.org on your PC, to discover more about your local community or help you decide on places you’d like to visit. Choose a category tab near the top of the page, then select a town to see the local HiPoints in that category.

Last month's Top 10
 

On the right are last month's 10 most visited HiPoint pages (pages on our website which you can access direct using QR codes).

  1. Canadian war graves, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire
  2. Marble Church, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire
  3. Abergele war memorial, Conwy CB
  4. North Wales Heroes’ Memorial, Bangor, Gwynedd
  5. Newport cenotaph, Newport (South Wales)
  6. Britain’s smallest house, Conwy, Conwy CB
  7. Captain Skinner monument, Holyhead, Anglesey
  8. Aberystwyth war memorial, Ceredigion
  9. Wrexham war memorials, Wrexham CB
  10. Monmouthshire Regiment memorial, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire