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