AHRC Creative Economy display 

Image courtesy of RAMM 

View of Grimspound prehistoric settlement on Dartmoor

REACT at the University of Exeter

REACT is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Moor Stories: Reimagining the Dartmoor Landscape Project

Principal investigator: Professor Gabriella Giannachi (English)
Creative Economy Partner: Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter (RAMM)
Awards: £30K (fEC) REACT Project Fund January 2013 and £6,250 HEFCE HEIF Open Innovation Fund April 2012

Moor Stories: Reimaging the Dartmoor Landscape generates creative encounters between objects housed in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) in Exeter and the regional locations of Dartmoor where they were discovered.

 Moor Stories is a collaboration between University of Exeter, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM) and 1010 Media, which has led to the development of a website and web-app that allow users to write stories, using a variety of media, about objects in RAMM’s collection pertaining to Dartmoor.

The project aimed to facilitate the encounter with interpretation about museum objects outside of the museum in order to stimulate reflection and creative responses about the relationships between these objects and the sites and oral histories of Dartmoor where they originated. The R&D for the project, carried out through consultations with schools in Exeter, local history societies on Dartmoor and Dartmoor National Park Authority, was disseminated to wider audiences through a blog (http://moorstories.wordpress.com/) which has thus far been read in 73 countries.

The Moor Stories website (http://moorstories.org.uk/), accessible from RAMM’s own website, already has 129 stories which are filtered according to type (creative, factual and schools) and by time period (origins, prehistoric, Roman, Medieval, Victorian and Modern). Two learning packs, one for young learners and one for generic learners are linked to the website.

PhD candidate Will Barrett researches digital interaction with heritage and he is part of the Moor Stories and Time Trails project teams

Further links

Moor Stories Project website 
Moor Stories Project blog 
Moor Stories Project page on RAMM website