The digital work of the Francke Foundations in the fields of science, culture and education has been currently awarded by the Federal Cultural Foundation within the framework of the programme »dive in. Programme for Digital Interaction«. At the end of November 2020, the application for an innovative education project linking the digital and analogue worlds in our museum was approved.
In 2021, a web app will be created with families, children and experts, which will link the award-winning and much sought-after analogue mediation work in the Francke Foundations with the digital space and thus make it accessible to a larger group. The application will take up the strategies of transmedial storytelling (Suddenlife Gaming). Children (6-12 years) and families will become part of an exciting story that they will help to shape and share with each other. Interactive game mechanisms build a bridge from the themes of the exhibitions and the history of the Francke Foundations to the users' living environment.
The project focuses the children's creative centre Krokoseum. As the »third place« in the museum area of the Francke Foundations, it offers space for exchange, respectful communication and democracy education. These themes are now to be negotiated in the digital space with the expanded (design) possibilities and new forms of communication. In the future, children and families will be able to discover the Francke Foundations and the themes of the museum in their everyday lives, either from home or in preparation for a visit to Halle.
As early as January 2021, families and children are invited to work together in creative workshops on topics that draw on the history of the Francke Foundations and tie in with the lives of the users. Interested families who wish to participate in the development of digital access to analogue services can register for this at the Krokoseum (0345 2127 475 or krokoseum *at* francke-halle.de).
INFORMATION ON THE DIGITAL SERVICES
On digital.francke-halle.de, the August Hermann Francke Study Centre - Archive and Library offers a comprehensive service portal for academics, young researchers and interested layperson. Digitisation projects supported by third-party funds have already made extensive collection holdings available online in five areas, including the Francke Portal with materials on the founder of the foundation, August Hermann Francke, the Hallesche Berichte, manuscripts / autographs and old prints indexes. Most recently, the map collection of the geologist Christian Keferstein was made accessible here on the occasion of the annual exhibition "»m Steinbruch der Zeit«.
The exhibitions section regularly publishes films on individual objects of the Kunst- und Naturalienkammer in times of museum closure and also offers an online tour through the themes of the current exhibitions with many illustrations and films. The planned education project within the framework of »Dive in« follows on from these presentations.
In the field of education, the Children's Creative Centre Krokoseum successfully carried out the first events online in autumn 2020. On Mondays, children can join in on the reading fairy's offer and thus also take advantage of her services from home in a quarantine. The stargazers ASTROlinos also offer a digital programme for their dates at the Krokoseum. After registering at the Krokoseum, the colleagues will gladly send you the access data.