Sunday, September 04, 2016

Website Review: The Great Fire of London

THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON website takes users through an interactive journey detailing the famous fire and the impact on individuals and society.
Developed through a partnership including the Museum of London, the website is divided into three sections: Children’s Game, Explore, and Minecraft Experience.
In the Children’s Game section, visitors are immersed in an engaging educational game. The mixture of audio narration, text, and attractive animated sequences are sure to capture the attend of youth. Users follow a couple young people who experienced the multiple day fire. As players work their way through the experience, they learn about primary source materials that document the actual event such as excerpts from Samuel Pepys’ diary. Readers are involved in the experience through active questioning woven throughout the game. Readers can dive deeper into the experience through exploring links to additional information.
In the Explore section, users are taken screen-by-screen through an interactive story that begins with where the fire started and how it spread through London. Other chapters include information about what happened to those who experienced the fire, how the government and world reacted, and how the fire transformed the city. Woven throughout the story are digital objects from the Museum of London and other online collections.
In the Minecraft section, students explore three immersive maps that allow them to explore the City of London of 1666 using Minecraft software. This experience will be particularly popular with youth who enjoy this popular software tool. A Minecraft login is required for use.
A Teacher page provides information for using each section with students. For users wishing to extend the experience, a website provides access to a large digital collection related to the Great Fire that contains objects, artworks, and documents.
Librarians will find this website to be an engaging way to explore world history and also learn about primary source materials found in digital collections. The project is particularly effective in showing how primary sources are used as evidence to better understanding this historical event.
To visit the site, go to