HullCraft – 1 Year on
HullCraft and University Lead – Joel Mills – Independent Minecraft Consultant and Technology Enhanced Learning Advisor at the University of Hull.
Archives Lead – Simon Wilson – (now University Archivist at Hull History Centre).
Current HullCraft Team –
- Writing coordinator– Shellie Horst – Creative Writer and Minecraft Player. @millymollymo
- Building support – Aaron Harter – Minecraft builder and tester @SAFCxHarter
- Hull History Centre planning family activity sessions (to be held in August) to recreate the work of FJ to include drawing, painting and building using Lego.
- “…just wondering if you had considered setting up a Minecraft server to extend the building activities that go on in the physical world to the virtual world?” Joel Mills – TEL Advisor and Independent Minecraft Consultant in response to Simon’s appeal for Lego donations
- Joel and Simon meet to share ideas and the concept of HullCraft is born. Joel is Minecraft/Website project lead
- Joel created website www.hullcraft.com and introduced digital badges to ‘gamify’ the experience of building the work from the archives.
- Simon digitised plans from the FJ collection and added as PDF files for users to view.
- Handed out flyers at the summer Lego activities to encourage people to build something using their own copy of the game and to send us a picture – first people signing-up for HullCraft and engaging with the website persuade us to scale up!
- Joel begins development on a test server, to recreate the work of FJ and the Hull History Centre building in Minecraft.
- Aaron Harter, a minecrafter from the online community helps build and test the server.
- Bids for funding for a server and software are written by Joel and Simon
- Website begins gaining users and submissions
- Number of subscribers to the website is 12
- TEL funds 3 months of server hosting to get the server up and running as a pilot project.
- Various worlds on the server are created and linked together to form HullCraft
- Hannah Rice joins the HHC as a Transforming Archives Trainee.
- The HullCraft Team build HHC and Francis Johnson buildings in the worlds.
- Hannah and Joel build ‘Steve’ and ‘Creeper’ using old archive boxes ahead of Platform 2014
- The first HullCraft flyers are designed and printed.
The birth of the Server
- Pilot server goes ‘live’
- Joel presents at GLSIG Live Event, November 2014: University of Hull
- HullCraft team exhibit at Platform 2014, the biggest independent gaming event outside of London.
- Successful bid and £5k funding awarded from the Ferens Educational Trust to develop links with schools and teachers
- Number of subscribers rises to 24 following the Platform event
Extending the reach of HullCraft
- Joel presents to the ALT winter conference in Edinburgh on “The Use of Minecraft in Higher Education and Assessment”
- Article published on Play the Past: “HullCraft: Using Minecraft and Archives for Learning About the Past”
- Team prepares for Digital Utopias event in January
- Team present at Digital Utopias event at Hull Truck Theatre
- Joel designed and delivered MOOC “Minecraft for Educators” with over 3000 enrolments. It runs for 6 weeks and featured HullCraft as a case study for engaging people with Archives and Minecraft
- Number of HullCraft subscribers rise to 46
- Joel and Hannah presented at ALT/GLSIG, London. InFocus: Games, Gamification and Games based Learning.
- Joel and Hannah run first HullCraft workshop at Digital Arts Day in Birmingham. Article published on The Space (BBC and Arts Council England) “Introducing HullCraft”
- Article published in a magazine for archivists “Archives and Minecraft“.
- Hannah takes HullCraft to the Northern Collaboration ‘Archives Learning Exchange’ at Heritage Quay, Huddersfield to show and discuss this element of the Centre’s engagement programme.
- Hannah gives a poster session “Tricks and tips for digitising library and archive collections” at The D-Word in London. Download the poster
First Minecraft Convention appearance
- Joel showcases Game-based Learning pedagogies at the NetherMined Minecraft Convention in Tynemouth. HullCraft and other Minecraft Educational projects are presented alongside famous YouTubers like AshDubh, NettyPlays, AmyLee33 and LukeNitroDX.
- Following NetherMined, HullCraft numbers rise again to 83
New developments for HullCraft
- The History Centre is one of 41 successful projects for the second Being Human festival to be held in November 2015. The project will combine research into Andrew Marvell with HullCraft as we host a Minecraft workshop to rebuild 4 landmark buildings from Marvell’s Hull
Attendance at Global Minecraft Conference
- Joel attends Minecon, the world wide conference for Minecraft held at the London Excel Centre. Joel had meetings with educators from around the world, to discuss the HullCraft concept and how Minecraft can be used in Higher Education
- HullCraft subscribers rise again after Minecon to 102