The Derby Remembers Digital Trail App: WW1 Derby Monuments & Stories for smartphone and tablet devices officially launches today.

The innovative app unlocks archive photographs, text by local historians and images of artefacts to take visitors on an interactive journey by painting a fascinating picture of the city and its people during the First World War.

In addition to its launch, the Digital Trail app is also a part of the Derby Remembers First World War Cultural programme of events.

A range of events are running across Derby from 9th June to 23rd July which coincide with the Weeping Window Poppies Display at The Silk Mill by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. The display is being presented by 14-18 NOW, the UK arts programme, for the First World War centenary.

As part of the digital app, visitors will be guided through the streets of Derby taking in significant historical cultural sites. Starting at The Silk Mill, visitors can learn of the lesser known stories of Derby including how Rolls-Royce developed the hugely successful Eagle Aero Engine used to power military aircraft throughout the First World War.

The trail also explains how the very first Zeppelin airship bomb raid on Derby led to the Royal Crown Derby factory producing some rare and interesting porcelain items and how Steve Bloomer, English international footballer, manager and Derby County player, was interred in a prison of war camp in Germany in 1914.

There are many more fascinating stories, photos and artefacts to be discovered with the Derby Remembers Digital Trail app. To find out more and to view the full Derby Remembers programme please go to

The app is suitable for iOS and Android Smartphone devices and can be downloaded via the App Store or Google Play from today. The Trail stories can also be read in the app offline.