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John Woodman Higgins Armory Museum, Inc. (Worcester, MA 01606-2464)
Jeffrey Forgeng (Project Director, 03/30/2010 - present)
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Virtual Joust: A Technological Interpretation of Medieval Jousting and Its Culture.

To support: The development of an interactive museum exhibition that uses game technology to engage visitors of the John Woodman Higgins Armory Museum in the history of medieval jousting.

Virtual Joust, a project of the Higgins Armory Museum, will use 21st century technology to interpret medieval jousting to museum visitors and on-line participants. Virtual Joust is an innovative on-site jousting simulation that will use popular Wii technology to engage museum visitors in a virtual exploration of the cultural complexity and excitement of a medieval jousting tournament. The Joust will also feature an on-line component, thus extending the Museum's educational reach to those who are beyond its geographic area or constrained by physical limitations. It incorporates pre- and post- educational material, allowing participants to develop their own heraldry and learn about the chivalric culture that surrounded jousting. The development of Virtual Joust from a concept to a practicable reality will inform other small/medium sized museums about the challenges and potential of emerging digital technologies to enhance interpretation and engage visitors with their educational mission.

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Project fields: Medieval Studies
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amounts: $49,960 (approved); $49,960 (awarded)
Grant period: 10/1/2010 – 3/31/2013

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