We are thrilled to be one of ten projects selected across England who have received funding from The Audience Agency to proceed with our new project The East Riding Blockdown: Contemporary Collecting in Minecraft.

Building upon (no pun intended!) our overarching COVID-19 experiences collecting project, the East Riding Blockdown will seek to collect youth experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic using the popular videogame Minecraft.

Participants will be able to explore a virtual recreation of the Treasure House, document their pandemic experiences using a ‘book and quill’, and build objects and scenes that represent their lockdown. Participant creations will then be archived in the real-world East Riding Archives here at the Treasure House which we hope will be used by historians of the future to research the pandemic in the East Riding.

Our project website will be launched shortly revealing details of how to take part- watch this space!

You can read The Audience Agency’s announcement about all ten action research projects here.

The East Riding Blockdown is supported by The Audience Agency’s Digitally Democratising Archives project thanks to funding from DCMS and the National Lottery, as part of The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Digital Skills for Heritage initiative. #DigitalForHeritage #OpeningArchives

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