Phone app for Gala

A NEW phone application is combining tradition and technology to create guided walks of routes used at the Durham Miners’ Gala.

Contemporary artist Tim Brennan uses geo-tagging technology and conversation to form imaginative reflections on the event which attracts thousands of people each year.

The application, Gala Manoeuvres, draws on the memories of older generations and personal testimonies to guide users along three distinctive routes used by the marching bands during the Gala.

The app is unlike conventional guided tours, which use factual information regarding the history, theme or function of a place. Instead, Tim replaces much of this with ideas he associates with each stopping point, using quotations from a range of sources that add to a “multi-layered sense of a place”.

Tim, associate dean of faculty of arts, design and media at Sunderland University, said: “Apps are becoming common elements of everyday life and travelling will not go away, so a combination of the two was inevitable.”

The iPhone application is free and people should search for Tim Brennan Gala Manoeuvres.