As part of my work at the Hull University Archives, I have been contributing to the Hull History Centre’s archives engagement project called HullCraft since October 2014.
The purpose of HullCraft is to create awareness of the Hull History Centre’s archival collection ‘Francis Johnson Architect’, and introduce hard to reach audiences with the concept of archives by using the popular “digital LEGO” game of Minecraft. Participants can join the HullCraft server and build architecture from the Francis Johnson archive by downloading architectural plans off the website www.hullcraft.com.
My conference appearances with Project HullCraft:
“The D-Word: tips and tricks for digitising library and archive collections”, Museums Libraries and Archivists Group (MLAG), The Wellcome Collection, London, 24th April 2015.
“Northern Collaboration Learning Exchange: Developing Archives”, Heritage Quay, Huddersfield University, Huddersfield, 16th April 2015.
“InFocus: Games, Gamification and Games-based Learning”, Senate House, London, 4th March 2015.
“Digital Utopias” (Arts Council England, Google), Hull Truck Theatre, Hull, 20th January 2015.
My publications on Project HullCraft:
“Archives and Minecraft”(March 2015) in ARC Magazine, Archives and Records Association, No.307.
“Introducing HullCraft” (March 2015) on The Space.
“HullCraft: Using Minecraft and Archives for Learning about the Past” (December 2014) on Play the Past.
Events I have attended representing HullCraft:
Digital Arts Day (The Space), Custard Factory, Birmingham, 19th March 2015.
Platform Games Expo, Hull College, Hull, 14th November 2014.