Viking and Medieval Dublin Online

Introduction: Viking and Medieval Dublin Online is an exciting new educational and cultural tourism resource developed in 2015 by Dublin City Council and Dublinia (The Medieval Trust), in association with the Heritage Council/Irish Walled Towns Network, and the PDST (Technology in Education). This new online resource re-purposes digital content created for the Medieval Dublin From Vikings to Tudors DVD, another project by Dublin City Council completed in 2009. Consultant developers: Noho Ltd. Viking and Medieval Dublin Online is hosted Dublinia. What is Viking and Medieval Dublin Online: Viking and Medieval Dublin Online comprises animated video sequences of important features of Dublin, quizzes that delve into important aspects of Viking and Medieval history and the life of everyday citizens, the "Dubh Linn Daily" newspaper, and an animated timeline. Much of Dublin City's Viking and Medieval heritage, has either changed dramatically (St Patrick's Cathedral and Christchurch Cathedral, the Poddle River) survives in part (St. Mary's Abbey Chapter House) or no longer survives (Wood Quay, a medieval streetscape) and it can be challenging to visualise what these features and their settings looked like when they were first constructed or during different periods of their history. Nine animated videos have been developed to show the evolution of the most important features of the city (Viking settlement, the castle, cathedrals, churches and abbeys, the city defences, rivers, medieval streetscape.) These videos are based on previous academic research and archaeological data in order to create an accurate digital reconstruction. In each video the political backcloth is presented and high profile historical events, characters, and the social issues associated with each of the features are explored. There are also 9 quizzes which pick up on key elements of the video sequences divided between the Vikings and the Anglo Normans. Each element is in three parts: A short video sequence, an interactive exploration tool, and the multiple choice quiz. There is a timeline from 800 AD to 1500AD that you scroll through to allow you see the development of the city of Dublin as it progresses from a cluster of monastic settlements, to the arrival of the Vikings and later to the Anglo-Norman period with its fortified stone defences and the expansion of the city beyond them. Dubh Linn Daily is a fictitious newspaper based on actual historical events and characters in the history of the Dublin city. The articles in the newspaper have been written in a humorous manner using the present-day journalistic lexicon. Who is the audience: While this online learning resource is available to, and accessible by, all with an interest in the Viking and Anglo Norman period and the development of the city it has been designed and structured to match both the primary and secondary school curriculum and to appeal to the cultural tourist. The quizzes are aimed at primary school level. What are the aims of this project: Facilitate, through an appreciation of our Medieval heritage and history: • better learning outcomes at primary and second level, • the engagement of those participating in life-long learning, • greater awareness of the city for groups visiting the city and Dublinia •engagement with the cultural tourism sector Greater awareness of the medieval heritage of Dublin amongst communities locally, regionally and nationally. The target audience for this project are as follows: • primary school level • secondary school level (Junior Certificate and Transition Year) • those engaged in life long learning including Local History Groups • the cultural tourism sector. Plans in 2016 Viking and Medieval Dublin Online will be further developed in 2016 with new educational material for secondary schools and translation to the Irish language.

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