Cambridge Museum App: historic places and stories

Take a historic tour through Cambridge, Waikato. Researchers at the University of Waikato, in collaboration with the Cambridge Museum, developed a mobile application based on the Tipple framework. It provides information about historical places in Cambridge and their links to exhibits and stories in the Museum. As a unique feature the app presents the information based on the location of the user: When users come near historical places, the app notifies them that information on a place is available through an audio signal. For many of the places, stories link to Museum exhibits.

App users can learn about the fascinating people and sites of Cambridge and their links with objects that can be found in the Cambridge Museum. Every artefact has an interesting story to tell about the past lives in this beautiful Waikato town. Cambridge residents started collecting items of local historical interest in the late 1800s. In the early years, various collections were held in private homes and put on display. The Cambridge Historical Society operates the Cambridge Museum in the old Courthouse on Victoria Street. The app offers information and pictures of stories, local historical places, and self-guided walks.

Team & Contributors

The app was designed and implemented by Waikato academics and student programmers; for details contact Annika Hinze ( People at the Cambridge Museum gathered the information about local history and stories. Special thanks for the design support goes to Nic Vanderschantz, and to Annette Bainbridge for support on local history.

Cambridge Museum App

Get it on Google Play
Get it on App Store

The app is available for free. Once you download it you can:

  • Explore places in Cambridge
  • Explore museum stories and artefacts connected with Cambridge
  • Go for self-guided tours through Cambridge
  • Learn about the Museum and the Cambridge Historical Society

Version 1.0

Official App Launch by Cambridge Historical Society: 26th November 2019

The initial launch of the app offers information of historical places, stories connected to Museum exhibits, and a tour through the Southside of Cambridge. This first version contains 12 historic places in Cambridge, 13 stories of people and museum artefacts, and one self-guided walk. More walks and new content is being prepared to come out this summer, including walks for Cambridge heritage buildings, and equine stars of Cambridge.