Whitchurch Silk Mill Partnering With Students at the University of Winchester


Whitchurch Silk Mill has been working closely with Digital Media undergraduate students at the University of Winchester to create a variety of digital tools that will be used to enhance the visitor experience, as well as for the Mill’s educational and outreach projects. With the Mill currently undergoing restoration work until the summer, the new digital channels form part of the development process and will be key to improving engagement with visitors.

The Silk Mill is very excited to be partnering with the students on a number of projects under the Creative Genius Hampshire Big Theme 2018. Over the past few weeks the students have been working hard on formulating ideas based on eight project briefs commissioned by Whitchurch Silk Mill. Some of the projects the students are developing include creating an infographic of the Silk Road, which maps the journey of silk across the world, 3D interactives that visitors can use to discover and explore the inner workings of the loom machines that are used to weave silk at the Mill and also a 3D waterwheel game, where visitors have to connect different pieces of the waterwheel together. By partnering with the students it gives them a great opportunity to gain real experience working for a client in the digital media industry and add to their portfolios throughout their studies. 

Zoë Umpleby, Heritage Lottery Fund Activity Coordinator who works at Whitchurch Silk Mill and has been meeting with the students said “It’s fantastic for us to be working with the students. They have taken these briefs and have come up with some really great creative ideas. We are looking forward to seeing the finished projects on display at the End of Year Show and in the Mill when we re-open in the summer.”

The students will be working on these digital media projects until April, when they will showcase their work at the University of Winchester Business School on Wednesday 4 April.  For more information about the projects and partnership please contact:

Lisa Gale: lisa.gale@whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk or Zoë Umpleby: zoe.umpleby@whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk

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