Introducing ‘The Paragon Case’

– So Who Stuck a Knife in the Back of His or Her Hand? –

For a project at Burnley’s Queen Street Mill I’ve been studying its Injury Book (1961-65) with the aim of bringing the content to life. Inspired by an episode of Life on Mars (shot in the mill where a murder case turns out to be a fatal breach of health & safety), J.B. Priestley’s play, An Inspector Calls, and the board game Cleudo, I have constructed the basis for ‘fatality mystery’ events at the mill. Pictured is a prototype plan for a giant version of Ouch! that can be played in the cafe of the mill and used in a smaller version to orientate visitors.

Below is a shot of my prototype booklet for The Paragon Case. Puzzle books are a popular item in museum shops and this one’s USP is that it is both a puzzle book and directly related to the museum in question. This A4 booklet presents 3 logic puzzles for groups to wrestle with. The first puzzle can be solved with information from the museum’s injury book, the others need further investigation (possibly a ‘treasure hunt’ for information around the mill). The second puzzle can only be solved with additional knowledge about the mill e.g. what a tackler does. The third illustrates the limits we have to our social history knowledge.

I am now in the process of refining the design and working on designing an app. that could be used in the mill.

P.S. The Paragon Case was where the first aid kit was kept.