Detailed maps of Exeter have been created on wildly popular world-building game Minecraft.
Four maps inspired by collections at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) will allow enthusiasts to virtually explore the historic Devon city.
Above: Watch an example of a city recreated on Minecraft
With over 100 million users, Minecraft is the second best-selling video game of all time.
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Minecraft maps are virtual environments or games created by players themselves, and made available for others to download and play.
Renowned digital producer Adam Clarke and leading Minecraft build team, Blockworks made the Historic Exeter Minecraft maps.
The project is in partnership with the University of Exeter with funding from Arts Council England.
The first map is based on the model of 18th-century Exeter before the city walls were breached. The three future maps are of the Roman fortress, the Roman city and Tudor Exeter.
The first map is based on a model of Exeter constructed between 1817 and 1824 by Caleb Hedgeland.
One of the earliest surviving models of any town in Britain, it records Exeter in great detail as it was during the late 1700s when the city wall was still intact.
The model, which is on permanent display in RAMM’s Making History gallery, is the only surviving record of many of the city’s buildings and streets.
How to download
The first Exeter map can now be downloaded from Dropbox at http://bit.ly/RAMMHedgelandMap with full instructions in PDF format: FAQ and installation guide for Minecraft Hedgeland map.
On Sunday 16 July, pioneering Minecrafters will lead a Museum Minecraft extravaganza at RAMM.
Young YouTubers, Solly the Kid and Django Moses, will challenge visitors to a special Exeter Build Battle.
Wizard Keen from Wonderquest and guest YouTubers will lead workshops. Minecraft-inspired activities will introduce younger visitors to the magic of Minecraft.
You can now explore Exeter on Minecraft – here’s how to download and play it