One of the darkest days of Hexham’s history – the 1761 Hexham Riot – has been brought to life in a new experience at Hexham Old Gaol.
Museums Northumberland worked with young people from Queen’s Hall Arts’ Projectors Theatre Group to develop the new resource which visitors to the Gaol can access for free via their smartphone. The young people discovered known facts from the day of the riot, to ‘imaginate’ a back story for fifteen of the named people using their knowledge of the 1700s and information from the Gaol.
Visitors are encouraged to access elements of the story as they explore Hexham Old Gaol and read it on their phones with a choice of next steps: Do you want more information about the Hexham Riot? Do you want to read more about the individual people involved? Or do you want to move forward and find out what happened next? Visitors make their selection and visit the room where the next story is located.
The experience is included in the admission price at Hexham Old Gaol and was developed thanks to funding from the Wellesley Trust Fund through the Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.