• Cranborne Chase AONB Office, Rushmore Farm, Tinkley Bottom, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, SP5 5QA  Tel: 01725 517417

Time Travellers of Cranborne Chase: A new Augmented Reality App

Dec 1, 2024

Cranborne Chase AONB will launch its exciting new Augemented Reality App in 2020. Thanks to funding through the Dorset Local Action Group, part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, the mobile app will enable people to travel back in time to explore Cranborne Chase’s ancient landscape and meet characters from the past along the way http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/rurdev/index_en.htm 



The secrets of one of the most ancient landscapes in Britain will be revealed thanks to a new augmented reality app that will be launched in 2020 which uncovers some of its largest hidden monuments and famous characters.

Made possible by funding from Dorset Local Action Group and part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, Cranborne Chase AONB has brought the amazing historic and cultural landscape to life through a new augmented reality app.

You will be lead across Cranborne Chase by Archie and Olivia the archaeologist moles who guide you around the area using the interactive map.

What is waiting to be discovered:

  • Winkelbury Hill Fort near Berwick St John where you can witness Winklebury Camp as it may have looked in the late Bronze and early Iron Age.
  • Head to Woodcutts on the Rushmore Estate to get a taste of life on a Roman Farm.
  • Visit Wyke Down and be amazed by the construction ofthe largest Neolithic monument in Britain, the Dorset Cursus and see a Beaker burial ceremony – you may even catch sight of the ghost of a bronze-age warrior who haunts the Chase...
  • Learn about the devastating fire that destroyed Blandford in 1731 and hear about its subsequent reconstruction from one of the Bastard brothers at Blandford Museum.
  • Take in the iconic view of Shaftesbury’s Gold Hill with Thomas Hardy.
  • Meet Claudia Lucilla, a Roman lady, in Wimborne High Street to learn about Romans and Bokerley Dyke, a huge defensive dyke that you can see at Martin Down.
  • Meet Augustus Pitt-Rivers, known as the father of scientific archaeology at Salisbury Museum, opposite Salisbury Cathedral or at Larmer Tree Gardens in Tollard Royal. Artefacts from the work of Pitt Rivers were provided by the museum to be scanned so App users can view them in 3D.
  • Sir Isaac Gulliver, the most famous Dorset smuggler, tells a few tales of the history of the area at Sixpenny Handley church.

Information posts and signs of the famous characters at key sites across the area let you know that you’re in the right place. 

The project is one of many that forms part of the Cranborne Chase and Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme funded by a £1.68million award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. For more information visit www.cccvlps.org.uk