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Norwich Heart, Heritage Economic & Regeneration Trust

HistOracle

HistOracle interactive touchscreen game

Test your knowledge of Norwich's history in a new interactive touchscreen game.

Do you know which Norwich entertainment venue was once a Dominican Friary? True or false - Charles Dickens came to Norwich especially to see a hanging at the Castle? How old is Snap the Dragon? Answer these and many more on the new free-to-play HistOracle game, hosted on a special interactive touch table in Fusion in The Forum.

 

Can you find the 'path to the past' by answering a series of questions about the history of Norwich? For every level you complete you light another step on the path in this quiz-style game, bringing you closer to Historic Norwich. Categories to test your knowledge include the Norwich 12 – 12 iconic buildings spanning 1,000 years of history, people, events, river, the arts, health, religion, construction, law and trade; and there are a mix of question styles, including archive images, films and virtual reality, to get you thinking – from multiple choice and true or false, to pairing images with text (“match the illness to their medieval cures”).

The new interactive touchscreen HistOracle game is available to play in Fusion, in The Forum. Fusion is open Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm (closed Sundays and Bank Holidays), and entry is free.

 

* Answers: St Andrew's & Blackfriars' Halls; True – Charles Dickens came to Norwich to see the hanging of murderer James Rush; Snap is approximately 500 years old.

 

About the HistOracle project

The game is born out of the HistOracle database - a joint project between HEART and the Schools of History and Computer Sciences at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, which was funded by the Technology Strategy Board's Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme. The intention of this unique partnership was to centralise the abundant yet currently segregated information relating to the heritage of Norwich in a publically accessible database and research tool, and interactive platform (the game). The HistOracle Knowledge Transfer Partnership project was assessed as 'very good' by an independent panel.

 

The interactive touchscreen adaptation of HistOracle was devised by Norwich based heritage interpretation specialists Ugly Studios, to tell the stories of Norwich throughout the centuries to a general audience in a fun interactive quiz, and to encourage people to explore more of the city's history.      

The project has been part-funded by the SHAPING 24 project, a unique cultural heritage initiative in Norwich and Ghent. SHAPING 24 is being led by Norwich HEART with Ghent City Council as the partner organisation. The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund from the European Union's INTERREG IVA 2 Mers Seas Zeeën Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013.

 

The intention of this unique partnership was to centralise the abundant yet currently segregated information relating to the heritage of Norwich in a publically accessible database and interactive platform.

HistOracle database

http://historacle.wpengine.com/

Initially focused on the Norwich 12, the HistOracle database and website has gathered information on the sites' pasts, presents and people, creating links across the city and between subjects, allowing a deep level of exploration into the city's past.