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Museum Ideas Study Day: Creating Immersive Games in Your Museum

Creating playful, immersive and gamified experiences with Sacha Coward

Museum Ideas Study Day: It’s Dangerous To Go Alone! Creating Immersive Games in Your Museum

Tuesday 31 March 2020 at the Museum of London

The word ‘immersive’ is thrown around so much that it has almost lost its meaning. What does this buzzword really mean and how can you use immersive and gamified experiences to enhance the offer of your museum?

Sacha Coward is an experienced escape room designer and museum professional. He will use his skills and experience of working in the weird world between these sectors to offer you hands-on tips on how museums (of any scale and theme) can create fun, frightening, thrilling and meaningful experiences.

In this workshop participants will get the unique experience of building and playing their own escape rooms! In groups they will respond to themes and stories within real heritage sites and then using escape room props, equipment and tools will devise their own pop-up escape rooms. Playing the roles of designer and player they will get a real sense for what makes a successful immersive experience.

Sacha will walk-through the entire process of designing, developing and delivering an immersive playable experience and show how you don’t need ludicrous budgets to create a memorable experience in a museum that will get your heart racing.

You will learn how to turn themes and collection stories into puzzles, how to create an exciting narrative that has historical integrity and how to structure a game so it is sustainable. But the main goal of this session is to get participants to think outside the box… by literally breaking out of the box!

This is a brilliant opportunity to learn how to introduce gaming into museum engagement and have a LOT of fun whilst you’re at it!

Workshop leader: Sacha Coward has been working in museums for 10 years but he has been playing games his whole life! Previously working at the Natural History Museum, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Royal Museums Greenwich, he now freelances as a museum consultant and escape room designer. He has developed highly successful playable experiences for the V&A, National Trust, Cambridge Genome Campus, Colchester Castle, Bletchley Park, and Ipswich Museum to name just a few! As well as making games in exciting spaces Sacha is also passionate about LGBTQ+ representation and is an avid mermaid folklorist!

Study Day Format: Working in small groups with a welcoming atmosphere, study day participants will benefit from expert guidance and support coupled with hands-on, practical sessions. Places are limited to ensure every participant gets the most from the day. The ‘Creating Immersive Games in Your Museum’ study day takes place at the Museum of London on Tuesday 31 March 2020. Registration will be at 10am and the event will close at 4.00pm. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Tickets: Book your ticket online or email info@museum-id.com if you prefer to be invoiced.

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