New app set to bring Nelson’s Norfolk story into the digital age

06:30 04 August 2014

A half-length portrait depicting Horatio Nelson when a rear-admiral; Photo credit:  National Maritime Museum.

A half-length portrait depicting Horatio Nelson when a rear-admiral; Photo credit: National Maritime Museum.


Think you know everything about Norfolk’s most famous son?

Think you know everything about Norfolk’s most famous son?

A new “app” for smart phones and tablets may prove otherwise.

The “Discover Nelson’s Norfolk” app has been developed by officials from the Forum, Norwich, as part of its commitment to celebrating local history and heritage.

The software provides a guide to the county’s sites linked to the sailor, as well as a wealth of other facts connected to him.

The project involved collating information about the man, from throughout his life. Among the details given in the app are that his body was preserved in a barrel of wine and brandy following his death at the Battle of Trafalgar and that he suffered sea sickness all of his life.

It also aims to address the myth that he wore an eye patch. The app takes the user on a tour of Norfolk, with photos and walking trails in places linked to Nelson.

Tim Bishop, chief executive of the Forum, said: “We like to provide new ways in which people can explore local history and culture, particularly using digital technology. This new app is a fun way of finding out more about Nelson and exploring the county he was proud to call home,” he said.

The story starts at Nelson’s birthplace in Norfolk, where many of his family are buried. It also features his connections with North Walsham, Norwich, and Great Yarmouth where he gave a speech from the balcony of the Wrestler’s Inn, not long after victory at the Battle of the Nile.

He addressed the cheering crowd with the words, “I am myself a Norfolk man and glory in being so.”

The app, which will be free to download, will be launched at the Forum on Wednesday. It will be followed by a series of Nelson-themed events, including walks through Norwich.

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