Jacqueline Cawston

Lanchester Champion and Deputy Director, Centre for Postdigital Cultures

Frederick Lanchester captured my imagination several years ago when I was Programmes Director of the Serious Games Institute and started working with library staff and the Lanchester Trust to bring his story to life. Having a background in creative digital media I could immediately see the potential of opening up his past and his genius to a younger and more diverse audience through digital innovation. I have worked on many archive projects now with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, BT and Robben Island Museum and whilst it was really important to digitise Lanchester’s amazing inventions, blueprints and notebooks, I was passionate about ensuring that his story becomes known and his archive gets used by a wider audience. Therefore, we included traditional and cutting-edge technology such as digital games and augmented reality to engage people of all ages, so that his name and his exploits are not forgotten. It took two years of research to develop and meticulously detail every element of this project with the advice and support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. As Champion of the Project I am proud of what we have achieved and I hope you enjoy it.