Award Winning Bannockburn "Battlepedia" launches
09 Nov 2014
Get ready for mental combat – the National Trust for Scotland’s Battle of Bannockburn Experience has launched an exclusive website where people of all ages can learn more than ever before about the iconic battle in its 700th anniversary year and beyond.
The new website includes the innovative “Battlepedia” and has just won the Education & Training Award at The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2014.
The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre is launching the online resource to complement and enhance the ground-breaking experience over 50,000 people have shared at the new, state-of-the-art 3D attraction in Stirling.
The interactive new website and Battlepedia were developed exclusively for the Bannockburn experience by experts in digital technology at the Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation (CDDV), a partnership between the Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studios and Historic Scotland; an Academic Advisory Panel featuring some of the UK’s top historians; website developers StormID; and the National Trust for Scotland’s Internal Project Team.
Learning through the action at the centre is now enhanced by the chance to discover more about the battle in greater depth in the classroom and at home by visiting the new website. Find out what happened in 1314 in more detail online using a range of information pages, quizzes and the ultimate source of Bannockburn knowledge - the Battlepedia.
It allows visitors to explore characters, weapons, armour and locations from the battle like never before. Packed full of interesting stories, facts and quizzes, and illustrated with detailed digital images that can rotate 360 degrees for the clearest view of those involved at Bannockburn.
Tom Ingrey-Counter, Interpretation Project Manager at the National Trust for Scotland said: "It has always been our intention that the Battle of Bannockburn experience should begin well before you arrive at the Bannockburn centre, and continue on after your visit. This award-winning new website plays an important part in delivering that vision. We know that there's a strong appetite amongst our visitors and members for in-depth information about the 1314 battle. The new website is packed with unique and authoritative content, which you can study at leisure. As such, it comprises an additional layer of interpretation, which complements the highly immersive, experiential approach to interpreting the battle adopted in the Bannockburn centre itself."
Dr Paul Chapman, Director at the CDDV, who worked on the digital media featured in the new visitor centre and the website said: "The designers and developers of the 3D media for the Bannockburn Centre have been impressed with the Bannockburn Learning website. The website uses the latest software technologies, contains a huge amount of learning resources and importantly, retains the quality of the models and graphics from the centre."
Calum Price, Learning Manager at the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre said: "The website includes a dedicated teachers’ section with information on how to get the most out of this unique learning resource. It also offers tips and ideas as to how best a visit to the centre can support classroom learning and ensure that the story of Bannockburn really can come to life for a whole range of learners. The centre has already welcomed nearly 5000 school pupils from all across the country since it opened and is now fully booked for school visits until it reaches the end of the 700th anniversary year."
The new visitor centre opened on 01/03/14, based at the site where King Robert the Bruce is said to have planted his standard before the 1314 battle. Individuals learn by experience through the innovative “Battle Game” – a chance to lead a division of medieval soldiers to victory or defeat, across a map of the Stirling landscape.
Learn more at learning.battleofbannockburn.com