QR codes offer a way to provide living legacies on grave stones
St Margaret’s Church, an important Welsh landmark in Bodelwyddan, is using QR code technology to help visitors understand the seemingly confusing presence of 80 Canadian soldiers graves.
The Marble Church as it is known, is using the HiPoints system (historical points), which has been created by historypoints.org, a community-based information project. This system uses smartphone mobile technology and QR (quick response) codes located on placards in the graveyard to provide easily digestible historical snippets about a physical location or building etc.
In this case, the QR codes provide links to accounts in French and
English, which explain that most of the Canadian soldiers who stationed
in Denbighshire during World
War 1, died as a result of a global flu pandemic in 1918/19. historypoints.org plan to add more information including photographs in the future.
The system encourages people to click on all the HiPoints in a
particular town, so that they can get a good understanding about the
historical landscape surrounding them - how, why and when it was
created, who used to live there, how they earned a living, local heroes
and much more.
QR codes on grave stones are also being used around the world to provide
information about a person's life, creating a living 'interactive'
legacy for future generations. For example, this technology is offered
by Living Headstones in Washington, America and by Chester Pearce Associates Bereavement Services
in Dorset, England . In Japan where QR codes were originally created
for Toyota, the information is also being used by statistician for death
rate and birth rate analysis.
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|Ref: QR code, Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia
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