Archive for the ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ Category

Chester Civic Trust – our project honoured!

18 February 2014

On Wednesday 12th February, Sue Hughes represented our ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ project at the Chester Civic Trust New Year Honours 2014 event at Bishop Lloyd’s Palace, Chester. Chester Civic Trust works to support the protection and enhancement of the urban environment of Chester, including issues such as planning, development, conservation and regeneration.

Our ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ website was given a commended award, and we’re delighted that our project has been recognised in this way. The Trust explained to us that this is the first time they have recognised a website – we feel it’s particularly significant that this award shows that virtual resources can be as important to the understanding, appreciation and enhancement of a place as material development or the addition of physical interpretation on site.

Thank you again to the Chester Civic Trust for supporting us with this award.

Bishop Lloyd's Palace

Bishop Lloyd’s Palace

Over 3 million hits!

12 November 2013

We’ve just done a bit of number crunching for our two Medieval Chester websites (Mapping Medieval Chester and Discover Medieval Chester) and can share the news that they have had well over 3 million (3,000,000) hits by web users (not counting any automated search engine requests, etc.).

Thank you to everyone who has visited our websites. It’s really great when we hear back from you, so please do get in touch to let us know how you’ve used our resources, and to give us your feedback on the materials here.


Our new mobile-friendly website

7 August 2013

At our city tour in Chester on Thursday 25 July 2013, we unveiled our new mobile-friendly ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ website. If you visit on any internet-enabled phone or mobile device (such as an iPhone or iPad, or an Android phone or tablet) you’ll automatically be sent to the mobile-friendly version of the website. This tracks your position in Chester (most smartphones are GPS enabled) and you can follow your route through either the modern city or the medieval city map. The mobile site shows you places of interest near to your location and allows your explore all the multi-media resources you’re interested in (with the option of audio versions while you’re on the move). You can even follow curated or pre-loaded tours. We’d love to hear your feedback.


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Events and activities at the Grosvenor Museum

31 July 2013

An extensive programme of events and activities linked to our ‘Discover a Medieval City’ exhibition is now running, led by the Grosvenor Museum. Keith Lilley, Paul Vetch and I were in Chester last week to be involved in some of these events. On the morning of Thursday 25 July, Keith, together with Gareth Dean, led a ‘Mapping Workshop’, which gave participants the opportunity to explore historic maps of Chester and some of the techniques used to produce our digital atlas of the city – from traditional paper tracing to the digital technologies of GIS mapping. In the afternoon, Keith, Sue Hughes (Grosvenor Museum), Paul and I led a walking tour of the city, stopping at various sites to talk about the medieval cityscape, read extracts from the medieval texts, give accounts of real medieval people associated with the place, and show objects in the museum’s collection from that location. We also unveiled our ‘mobile friendly’ version of the website, which allows you to follow your route through the city using GPS tracking and explore the medieval places near to you (more on that soon). In the evening, I gave a lecture on ‘Bringing the Past to Life’, exploring the tradition of bringing history to life in Chester over several centuries, and how our use of new tools and technologies is another step in this process. Thank you to everyone who got involved, asked interesting questions and shared their own insights. Many more events were held over the weekend – see this full-page coverage from the Entertainment Guide in the Chester Chronicle:

Chester Chronicle July 2013

Our exhibition on TV

23 July 2013

A feature on our exhibition at the Grosvenor Museum aired on S4C this evening (Tuesday 23 July 2013). You view it online at the Heno programme website (episode 96, available for 35 days from today).

The programme used our exhibition – with its emphasis on the Welsh culture of medieval Chester, from literature to artefacts – as the starting-point for an exploration of Welsh communities in Chester today. The segment included an interview with Aled Lewis Evans, who writes poetry in both English and Welsh and has contributed new work to the Discover Medieval Chester website, inspired by the medieval texts. It was great to see the vibrant Welsh heritage of Chester celebrated on television – both as part of medieval history and still very much alive today. Diolch!

More exhibition pictures

17 May 2013

More photos of our ‘Discover a Medieval City’ exhibition at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester.

Catherine and Sue at the exhibition

Catherine and Sue at the exhibition


‘Discover a Medieval City’ launch

9 May 2013

Our new exhibition ‘Discover a Medieval City: Places, Voices, Journeys’ launched at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum with an evening event on Friday 3 May. Over 100 people attended, including representatives from local government and heritage / tourism organisations and Arts Council England (who funded the amazing 3D films of medieval objects in the exhibition – they really have to be seen!).

It was really exciting to see the exhibition come together. The number of objects on display from the Museum collections (which have normally been hidden away in archives) is astonishing. There’s also a range of wonderful medieval manuscripts, loaned from Chester cathedral, Chester Record Office and the National Library of Wales (the manuscripts had been gathered together for sending just before the terrible fire there). The exhibition also has a range of interactive content, from audio and video materials to those 3D films of medieval objects, kiosks with access to the ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ website, and a large map with doors to open and explore. The calligraphic interpretations of poems by modern writers, responding to the medieval material, are really beautiful, and the exhibition is laid out as a series of spaces – cloister, tavern, kitchen – which allow you to explore different aspects of city life. We will add a gallery of exhibition images to the ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ website very soon.

Thank you again to Sue Hughes and her team at the Grosvenor Museum for bringing together this wonderful exhibition. It has been a privilege to be involved.

The project team (Keith, Catherine, Paul and Sue) with a kiosk at the exhibition

The project team (Keith, Catherine, Paul and Sue) with a kiosk at the exhibition

Can you help Tom and Alyson get to St John’s?

1 May 2013

The new Game, which forms part of the Discover Medieval Chester website, is almost finished and is coming soon. Will you manage to guide Tom or Alyson to the relics of the Holy Rood at St John’s Church? And how many pilgrim badges will you win on the way?

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New ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ website – LIVE!

1 May 2013

The Beta version of our new ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ website is now live at

You can explore an interactive map of medieval Chester, learn about the medieval city, and browse audio and video content. You can design and download your own tour of the city’s medieval heritage. We’ll be launching the website formally at the opening of the ‘Discover a Medieval City’ exhibition at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester, this Friday.

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This website is currently in a “beta” status which means we’ll be refining it in the coming weeks, so please bear with us as we sort out some remaining functionality and display issues. A mobile-optimised version of the website is also in development.

If you are using a Windows PC you may find there are some issues with using the site on older versions of Internet Explorer such as versions 7 and 8. We’re working hard to sort these out but in the meantime we suggest you use a more recent version of Internet Explorer or Firefox or Chrome.


Medieval Chester Game

19 April 2013

We’re currently putting the finishing touches to our new ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ website which will be going live very soon. We’re also in the final stages of producing our Game, in partnership with Make Sense Design. Here a few of the characters you’ll be meeting in the game, as you guide our pilgrims, Tom and Alysoun, to St John’s Church…

Tom the pilgrim

Tom the pilgrim