Posts Tagged ‘Get Involved!’

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

Chester Literature Festival events

29 August 2012

Two events at the Essar Chester Literature Festival 2012 will be linked to Discover Medieval Chester and the research produced by the Mapping Medieval Chester project. Both are on Saturday 20 October. We would love you to join us to discuss some of the medieval texts and manuscripts relating to Chester, and to share some previews of the new Discover Medieval Chester multi-media resources. Places are limited and booking is essential.


‘Hryre’ photography competition!

27 January 2012

Could you take a winning photograph of the lighting installation at St John’s ruins, Chester? There’s a £200 cash prize for the winning image. The lighting sequences will be adjusted for a short period to help you take your photo. Please see full details, and the official entry form, here. Closing date Sunday 26 February. Good luck!

Updated digital map: photo layer

10 August 2011

The ‘Mapping Medieval Chester’ website is continuing to develop, and this post is to let you know about some changes to the interactive digital atlas (high bandwidth version). A while ago, we asked you to send in your photos of medieval locations and features in Chester via Flickr. Thank you so much for your response and the many wonderful photos of medieval sites in Chester today.

These photos have now been added to the digital atlas as an additional layer which you can select. They represent a key new feature, meaning that users can get a sense of how each of these locations appear today. This is especially useful for the international users of this website, who now have the chance to make a ‘virtual visit’ to these places. It’s also very fitting that, as part of a project which focuses on different perspectives on the city, we have this new collection of different views and vantage-points.

Thank you again for contributing to our project and enabling us to extend the resource in such a useful way.

News and plans in progress

10 February 2010

We’ve received some enquiries via our Mailing List about the future of this project and ways in which people can get involved. We’re really grateful for your continued interest and hope to keep in touch via the Blog about news, developments and future activities.

We’re currently working with the Grosvenor Museum Chester, and other partners in Chester itself, to look at ways in which we could share our project research with the local community and visitors to the city. We’re hoping to apply for funding to make this possible and have several meetings coming up to discuss ideas. Watch this space for news as our plans take shape!

On a separate note, we’ve just found out that the ‘Mapping Medieval Chester’ project will be featuring in an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) report for government and other stakeholders entitled ‘Changing the World: the impact of the arts and humanities’. We’re really pleased to be included in a report which shows the value that this kind of research can have both within and beyond academia. Who knows – perhaps Peter Mandelson will soon be reading about Lucian and Henry Bradshaw over his morning cup of coffee…

Chester Archaeological Society talk

14 November 2009

This week I was in Chester at the invitation of the Chester Archaeological Society, to give a presentation on our project research. I spoke in the beautiful environment of the Grosvenor Museum lecture theatre, and there was a really strong audience present to hear about our work on mapping the medieval city. It was particularly good to have so many interesting and thoughtful questions, both in the formal Q&A after my talk and whilst chatting over tea and biscuits afterwards.


Mapping Medieval Chester needs YOU!

26 August 2009


Be part of our website – add your photos to the map!

The interactive digital map at will soon include a layer of photos of medieval locations in Chester today. We need your help to do this!