Digital Arts & Creative Technology

Crewecraft Build It – Join these open sessions!

Hosted by Gemma May Latham

The magic of Minecraft comes to Crewe with five public interactive sessions where you can build a part of Crewe’s heritage in this new Crewecraft world.

We need your help to build our town in a Minecraft world called Crewecraft. Join digital artist Gemma May Latham and a group of young Minecraft builders to explore the heritage of Crewe through the blocky world. We invite you to contribute to this ongoing build by recreating archival town plans and architectural drawings from the Cheshire Archives. The completed Crewecraft World will become a tool for sharing the Heritage of the town as a resource in Crewe Library and helps us to imagine the future of Crewe.

With five days of public events, incorporating four workshops each day during holiday periods: Saturday 8 July (part of trAction Festival), Monday 31 July, Saturday 5 August, Saturday 12 August, Monday 14 August at Crewe Library.

Open Day Sessions:
• 9.30am – 10.30am
• 11.00am – 12.00pm
• 1.00pm– 2.00pm
• 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Minecraft has captured the imagination of kids everywhere, and this project will re-create Crewe’s historic buildings in three-dimensional digital formats to reconstruct the designs of old buildings and landmarks within digital worlds.

It will bring together history, heritage, architecture and digital design in one exciting and fun learning experience.

Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, these sessions are free but places are limited.

Call : 01270 375295 to book

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More info:

The Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Young Roots’ programme has awarded almost £26,000 to fund the Crewecraft project, which is being delivered as part of SHIFT by Cheshire East Council’s cultural economy team, Cheshire Archives and public libraries . The money is raised by National Lottery players.

Minecraft is a digital software programme, which has captured the imagination of young people who access the computer game to develop their creative and digital skills.

Young people will  take part in a series of workshops to re-create Crewe’s historic buildings in three-dimensional digital formats.

Through Minecraft, they will learn about the history of the town as they reconstruct the designs of old buildings and landmarks within digital worlds.

It will bring together history, heritage, architecture and digital design in one exciting and fun learning experience.

The project is encompassed within the SHIFT programme, which celebrates and promotes digital learning and skills development across the borough.

Completed maps and resources, including photographs, video and archive material, will go on display at Crewe Library in December.