A Newcastle museum’s interactive exhibit that hopes to forge new connections with a younger audience

Written by on 5th May 2023

Described as “part immersive story, part live-action game” this new interactive exhibition is an original fantasy adventure that sends visitors on quests throughout the museum.

The exhibition is museum-wide and has been built around the idea of Mary Hancock, sister of the museum’s original founders, as she travels through “the parallel”.

Running until September 3rd during museum hours the event is aimed towards families allowing them to learn about myths and legends from around the world whilst also interacting with the museum’s exhibits. 

Upon entry, players are greeted with a message from Mary welcoming them to the adventure before they head out on one of three unique quests.

Mary Hancock writes:

‘I am writing this in my final days and feel compelled to share the incredible discovery made when I was but a small girl.

I found a way across to a world filled with magical creatures and where our mythology, since dismissed and dismantled by science, is very much alive and well.

I spent many years of my life in the Parallel – a name I came to use of this place – sketching its various botany and wildlife, and now it is my gift to you: adventures of a new age. But be warned, though I grant you passage, what lies beyond is not for the faint hearted. For all of its wonders, the Parallel also holds great danger.

I am still unsure if this is a place where the myths and monsters go or a place from whence they came. I can only hope there is a place for me there also.’

Mary Jane Hancock, 1881

‘PS. I would advise carrying a Time Quartz in the Parallel as they can be used to return to safer times should you misstep in your adventures.’

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