There are links below from which you can buy the official audio/visual tour of Hertford. There is also a basic MP3 audio guide. The mp4 video file was originally intended for us on iPods and can be viewed now on a variety of devices including a PC running Windows 10. This is quite an unique opportunity and allows you to enjoy a virtual walk around the county town with a professional commentary on the history, heritage and sights.
First a word on how this came about. In 2007 Visit Britain contacted my colleague Carole Skidmore who was at that time working at East Herts Council and asked if Hertford would like to be part of the Hidden Britain project. As Town Centre Manager I had worked with Carole before on setting up the Farmers Market in town in 2003 so we began looking for funding.
We raised over £32,000 from Visit Britain, Action for Market Towns, The National Lottery Awards for All and Hertford Town Council. Our local MP Mark Prisk also wrote a letter of support to assist in the grant process. By early 2008 Hidden Hertford was ready to go. The funds were used for several projects including river trips, community festivals, educational days on the Farmers Market, equipment for Hertford Museum and the software, hardware and professional expertise to place a guided tour on to a digital platform.
I wrote the script and we had versions translated into French, German and Polish which were recorded in a professional recording studio with national speakers. The voice over for the English version was by a BBC trained announcer who also captured most of the video content as well.
The opening three chapters can be viewed here:
Download the tour here – £2.99 from Paypal. The file is 164mb and runs for approx 22mins. After purchase Paypal will re-direct you to a new page from where you can download the file.
Or listen to the audio:
The audio version is also available for download for £0.99 through Paypal. The file is 19mb. After purchase Paypal will re-direct you to a new page from where you can download the file.
This is only available as an mp4. I am only offering one format but there is software available if you need to convert the file. Once payment has been made you will be redirected to a new page from where you can download either file.
I have not tried to upload this is any other language. If you would like a French, German or Polish version please contact me as below.
Here is a quick photo montage of Hertford; much, much more appears in the video with historical background and the odd interesting story to accompany it. Clicking on one image will begin the slideshow.
You can view this tour on most portable devices as well as on a home PC. It is quite unique in that you can carry the tour with you the next time you visit Hertford. As this was photographed in 2008 some of the shops that are mentioned have changed ownership or trade. The Library has moved from Old Cross to Maidenhead Street, although the building remains and is used by a design agency. Some landmarks like Sovereign House have recently been demolished. The tour takes about one and a half hours on foot but as the introduction states, there are plenty of opportunities to stop for refreshment.
Five of the photos included in the slideshow above plus the Hidden Hertford logo are available as inserts to fridge magnets costing £1.49 plus p&P from the Souvenir of Hertford page. If you would like any of these in place of or as well as those magnets featured please email as below.