Fully road tested, properly trialled and tested by Dartmouth Academy pupils and hailed as a huge success, Dartmouth Museum’s Henley Trail has been launched fully this weekend. There was no song and dance, no Town Crier, just quiet announcements on Twitter and Facebook and on our official web site that all the materials are now ready.
All the hard work put in by Ali Taylor and the lovely original artwork by Angela White, plus materials from Dartmouth Museum’s own picture archive have created our first walking tour of Dartmouth, following the life and times of William Henley, Son of Dartmouth, Ironmonger, self taught scientist, artist and upstanding citizen.
With schools in her sights at first, Ali’s hard work opens up to visitors of all ages. And she’s created a formidable set of resources. There’s a full Teacher’s Pack (and yes, youth leaders and leaders of all sorts of visitor groups can and should use it), and individual items can also be downloaded and printed before you visit.
The walking trail visits ten ‘stops’ in Old Dartmouth, not so very different from Dartmouth today, and gives a huge insight into Henley’s life in the town and life in Victorian times in general. And there’s a bonus resource, too. Can you work out what is in the picture?
Not the one below! That’s William Henley’s shop in Dartmouth!