Being Human – Rebuilding Marvell’s Hull with Minecraft
The Hull History Centre ran a project to ‘Rebuild Marvell’s Hull with Minecraft’. This interactive workshop combined Dr Stewart Mottram’s research into Andrew Marvell and 17th-century Hull with the History Centre’s ongoing use of the popular game Minecraft to help bring history alive for younger audiences.
Minecraft experts from the University of Hull and from ImmersiveMinds helped participants build four key landmarks from Andrew Marvell’s Hull – Beverley Gate, Holy Trinity Church, Hull Grammar School and the Hull Charterhouse – using plans, maps, and other historical material in the History Centre’s collections to help visualise the appearance of the buildings around the time of the English Civil War.
Joel Mills, Minecraft Consultant and member of the University of Hull TEL team was responsible for the Minecraft Project management and had this to say about the project:
“This project established links with the University English department and the other University projects that use Minecraft for GBL. Whilst the target audience was not Higher Education, it was a project that allowed the work of Dr Mottram to reach new audiences through the popular game and create an interest in the work of this famous poet. It was a great opportunity to bring some fantastic Minecraft Educators to Hull and to engage new academics at the University with the potential Minecraft has to stimulate learning.”
The project was run as a live event on the 21st November 2015 at the Hull History Centre and was well attended. One of Microsoft’s newly announced “Minecraft Mentors“, Stephen Reid was leading the session supported by Minecrafter and creative, Gemma Lathem. Both of these Educators brought a wealth of experience and practice using Minecraft in Education to the workshop.
The project funding was achieved its aims and whilst was a one-off workshop, it has the potential to deliver more engagement activities through the University networks.