We are delighted to announce that on the 13th September 2021 our East Riding Blockdown: Contemporary Collecting in Minecraft project was selected as 1 of 10 projects in England to receive funding, mentoring and guidance from the Audience Agency as part of their Opening Archives initiative.
The aim of Opening Archives is to bring “communities and archives closer together using digital technology”- in our case, we are using Minecraft as a storytelling platform and creative medium to document COVID-19 experiences. The youth experience of this historically-significant period will then be catalogued and preserved in the real-world East Riding Archives for the benefit of future researchers. As well as having a bit of fun, we hope to engage youths (our future service users) with the East Riding Archives, our collections and what we do.
We are grateful to receive this grant to help us promote and deliver the East Riding Blockdown project, including purchasing the necessary digital technologies to create our Archiverse Minecraft world.
Watch this space for updates and the official project launch!
The Audience Agency’s Opening Archives initiative is supported by the DCMS and The National Lottery Heritage Fund. You can read more about the projects selected by the Audience Agency on their website.