Students participating in the film

Textile museum uses interactive video for youth crime initiative

Rebecca Atkinson, 13.04.2015
Film about Luddite riots shortlisted for two awards
The Framework Knitters Museum in Nottinghamshire has launched a youth crime initiative that uses interactive videos to encourage young people to think about the consequences of criminal actions.

The project has been shortlisted for the Heritage in Motion Awards, an annual international competition for multimedia projects, and the East Midlands Heritage Awards.

As part of its Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) redevelopment grant, the museum has created an interactive video that allows people to make choices that change the direction of the story.

The film follows a young man caught up in the Luddite riots in the early 19th century. Audiences can decide what journey he takes, including whether he should join the Luddites. The consequence of each decision is told in different chapters of the story, which was produced in collaboration with students from a local school.

Paul Baker, the manager of the Framework Knitters Museum, said he believes the film could be the first of its kind to use interactive features to allow people to shape the story.

“We have trained volunteers to get young people watching the film in the gallery to think about the issues and how they relate to contemporary life,” he said.

“The idea is for the young audience to look at the context surrounding the decisions they make in a safe environment, using stories from the past. Unlike some interventions, it’s not about blame or pointing a finger – they are able to make the connection to their own lives.”

The film will be made available to schools across the country free of charge. The museum also hopes to work with the local police to make the resource available to young people who are at risk of offending.

The Framework Knitters Museum reopened at the start of this month following its £100,000 redevelopment.