Moor Stories is a collaboration between Gabriella Giannachi, Professor of Performance and New Media, and Director of the Centre for Intermedia in the Department of English, University of Exeter and Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM) of Exeter. Funded by REACT HEIF, Moor Stories aims to utilise research on user engagement, location and Victorian collections in an interactive website that combines an archive of Dartmoor objects in the RAMM collections, a detective game and a map.
Using data and images from RAMM’s collections, objects will be digitally placed back in their ‘original’ location on Dartmoor. To encourage exploration and learning, a detective game using the Hems collection of wood carvings from medieval churches will ask players to link images of the collection to locations within churches in Dartmoor. The learning outcomes are critical viewing and matching of objects to similar in situ pieces with decision-making based on how exact a match is. The game will also entail an element that will teach players how to read a church. A map will be used to link to objects near to the user’s location using smart phone’s GPS. It will also show locations when viewed as a website. Working with variable signal strength on Dartmoor will offer us insights into extending the digital economy to rural settings.