Alice in Typhoidland wins Gold Medal for learning game

19 November 2020

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The team behind Alice in Typhoidland, the exhibition of Oxford’s role in the fight against typhoid, from pioneering efforts to eliminate typhoid in the era of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to game-changing present-day vaccine trials, has received a Gold Medal at the Learning Technologies Awards 2020.

As part of the physical and digital exhibition, curators Dr Samantha Vanderslott and Dr Claas Kirchhelle collaborated with games developers Discover eLearning and Renderheads, and designer Ben Leighton to develop a game to help children understand the spread of Typhoid and how effective sanitation helps to control it. The game won the Gold Medal for ‘Best Learning Game’ at the Learning Technologies Awards 2020 with judges commending "how the whole interpretation experience was thought through” and commenting that it was "a strong and refreshing entry and one that was extremely topical in today’s COVID challenged world."

The Alice in Typhoidland exhibition continues online and recently launched a new animation "The Tragic Tale of Mary Mallon" telling the story of the most (in)famous asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever who became known as ‘Typhoid Mary’.