Talking Signposts 2013

Talking Signposts project
Talking Signposts project

In Buxton it’s not easy to find your way around. Because of the hilly terrain almost every street is curved and there is no clear grid pattern. Visitors often miss parts of the town that they might have enjoyed going to.

So for two weeks in July 2013 we had someone in the Turner Memorial area to direct people to their chosen destination or suggest places they might like to visit. We used a number of volunteers covering two hour shifts between 10am and 4pm. All Buxton residents, they had a basic knowledge of the town, plus a rather snazzy shoulder bag containing copies of the Town Guide, maps of the town and information about what was going on each day.

Around 2,000 visitors took advantage of this over those two weeks, and we hope that all of them enjoyed their visit that little bit more, or discovered parts of the town they might not otherwise have done. Even better, all our volunteers said they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would do it again.

So that’s what we did – the Summer 2014 Talking Signposts rota started on Saturday 5th July and carried on until the end of August. Maybe it will become an annual fixture … let us know if you fancy helping out.

For more details of this project see the Project Proposal and the Closing Report.