Audio tour helping bring Buxton’s past to life

The Devonshire Dome, home to the Buxton campus of the University of Derby
The Devonshire Dome, home to the Buxton campus of the University of Derby

Tourism students at the University of Derby have used Android technology to bring echoes from the past back to life in an audio tour of the Buxton campus.

They have created an app for Android tablets called ‘Horses to Courses’, which guides visitors around the historic Devonshire Dome – reflecting the Grade II* listed building’s history which began as a gigantic stable, became a hospital and is now listed in the Guardian league tables as a Top 50 UK university.

The tours, which are on tablets that can be hired at £3 a time from the university library, will meet a demand from the many tourists who often drop into the Dome.

Senior Tourism Lecturer Dr Iride Azara, who was in charge of the project, said: “I was mesmerised by the architecture, and most importantly by this building.

“I feel a great sense of pride and protectiveness about it and the million and one stories this building has to tell.”