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East Carolina University (Greenville, NC 27858-5235)
Thomas Leslie Herron (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Castle to Classrooms: Developing an Irish Castle in Virtual Reality

The design and testing of teaching modules built in virtual reality for an existing 3-D digital model of Kilcolman Castle, Ireland, home of English poet, Edmund Spencer.

This Level II "Prototype" grant will adapt into Virtual Reality a digital 3-D model of an Irish castle for teaching purposes. Kilcolman Castle, now in ruins, was the adopted home of the early modern English poet and administrator Edmond Spenser (1552-1559). Spencer's career and famous writings, which often focus in controversial ways on his life as a plantation settler in Ireland, make the castle a fascinating subject of study. This grant will focus on Spenser's castle and writings through innovative undergraduate and high school teaching modules in history, architecture, archaeology, Irish studies and English literature. These modules with VR applications will highlight the artistic accomplishments of Spenser as well as the cultural diversity of the castle and its surroundings. Spenser's activity in Ireland is a crucial element in our understanding of the historic impact of colonial imperialism. The project will educate and appeal to both students and the general public alike.

Project fields:
British History; British Literature; Renaissance Studies

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Digital Humanities

$93,121 (approved)
$86,740 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 6/30/2022