Minecraft at RAMM
Minecraft at RAMM is an ongoing project borne out of my PhD research about the use of videogames and gameful design as interpretation and engagements tools in museums. A collaboration between the University of Exeter, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, digital producer Adam Clarke and Minecraft building team Blockworks, the aim of this project is to replicate key objects in the collection within different in-game versions of Exeter through the ages, and invite the museum's community to explore, interact with, and creatively engage with the maps. The first map, a recreation of Caleb Hedgeland's Model of Exeter before 1769, is now online, and can be downloaded from here. The next map, dedicated to Roman Exeter, will be available by the end of 2017.
As part of the project, RAMM is hosting diverse onsite events with the aim of joining the museum's digital and physical spaces in playful ways. The museum's Minecraft Days feature themed Minecraft building competitions with prizes, workshops with well-known YouTubers, creative activities with apps and Legos, and location-based games that use the space of the museum as a game board.