Kenilworth Castle

English Heritage

September 2018

 

The Brief

This map is part of a 3-year project using the principles behind video games to expand what the Royal Albert Memorial Museum's visitors can lean and see. The project is in partnership with the University of Exeter with funding from Arts Council England. To engage with museum visitors, four Minecraft maps were built based on models and maps of Exeter inspired by RAMM's collections.

The Build

Working closely with English Heritage historians, we recreated a scale model of Kenilworth Castle exactly as it would have appeared at the time of Queen Elizabeth I’s visit in 1575. The castle interior is fully furnished, with each room detailed according to its function - ranging from the castle kitchens and cellars, to the Queen’s very own dressing room and bed chamber! The historians at English Heritage attested to our model’s accuracy, stating that this was the truest recreation of the castle they had seen in any media.

The Result

Our castle model was used at a workshop event at Kenilworth Castle, where attendees could explore our version in VR or on laptops, before exploring the real castle ruins for themselves! Tutorial videos were also created for English Heritage’s YouTube channel which give top tips and tricks for Minecraft castle building.