The Blackwell Project
The Blackwell Project was a two-year initiative by Lakeland Arts to improve customer engagement at Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere. I was commissioned to write scripts for a number of augmented realities now in situ at Blackwell. In rooms around the house are photographs of four of the Holt household: Edith Winterbottom; Elizabeth Holt; Edward Holt; and Joseph Holt. Using the Blackwell App provided on tablets available from reception, visitors walk through the house holding the tablets in front of each photograph. The photos then come to life and a household member will talk to you about their life at Blackwell.
The narratives reveal aspects of life between 1908 and 1919.The scripts are based on extensive research undertaken over the course of the summer of 2017. Using the Blackwell archive, oral history transcriptions, obituaries, memoirs, newspaper reports, books, census returns, civil records and numerous other sources, I built up a picture of each ‘character’ and converted the factual information gained into stories about real people, and their thoughts and feelings about the world in which they lived.
Some visitor comments: “Highly informative narratives delivered in a natural and unobtrusive manner”; “Wonderful!”; “The mentions of World War One give me goosebumps”.