01 August 2016

Historical Maps Created by Minecraft Gamers Help Us Envision London & the Fire of 1666

Historical Maps Created by Minecraft Gamers Help Us Envision London & the Fire of 1666

As my British relatives would say – Brilliant!

The Museum of London has partnered with professional crafters (as in the Minecraft computer game) Blockworks and Dragnoz to create Great Fire 1666, a series of three interactive maps that will be made available for free. You can read all about it in The Great Fire of London has been reimagined in Minecraft.

To mark the 350th anniversary of the tragedy, the Museum of London is holding an interactive exhibition, Fire! Fire!. It aims to reveal the destruction at the time, explore the evidence of its causes, let visitors try fighting the fire themselves, and show how the city rose from the (very literal) ashes.

You can now download the pre-fire map. In coming months, two more maps -- The Fire (September 2016) & Post-Fire (February 2017) – will be released.

What a great idea to engage passionate individuals with invaluable skills to re-create someplace historical, in the form of interactive maps, for us to experience.  What a way to view history!  What a way to engage youth (and those young at heart) with history!

I did a bit of researching and found these stories about other games where “real” historic locations are purportedly included …

·        15 best real world locations in video games (image gallery; scroll mouse over image and then click on right arrow that appears)
·        Video games with historical settings (Wikipedia)

If you are a gamer, what gaming platforms (or specific titles) have you enjoyed where historical locations, maps, and/or events are recreated? 

What do you think about using gaming platforms as a means for re-creating history?

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