'It all happened a long time ago.'I'm pretty sure many of those reading this will have come across those sorts of comment from kids. I'm also pretty sure that all of us who have dragged bored children and teenagers round both British and foreign historical sites will recognise the feeling that what should have been a fascinating trip is fast turning into the afternoon from hell.
'It's not relevant to my life.'
'What's the point of it?'
'Boring, boring, boring!'
Time Traveller Tours & Tales thinks she has an answer to that. Make history into a story and turn it interactive. Imagine walking the streets of Paris with Madame Guillotine as your tour guide, with a mobile app on your phone which will plunge you into the world of the French Revolution, telling you how all that old stuff relates to life in France today via geo-location enabled interactive stories, treasure hunts and challenges. It's a medium kids understand and can tap into immediately.
Towle's vision is compelling - the company's slogan is 'We Turn History On' - and her next project takes TTTT to the Florence of Michelangelo and his David. For this she has engaged the talents of passionate Italy-lover and award-winning author Mary Hoffman, who knows more about the Florence of the Medici than most. It's ambitious, but the story (titled In The Footsteps of Giants) sounds absolutely compelling, and the perfect companion to walk the streets of Firenze with. But - and it's a big but - it won't happen unless Towle reaches her Kickstarter campaign target of $40,000 to fund it. With 165 backers so far (and counting), over $30.000 raised and the endorsement of a Kickstarter 'Staff Pick' it should be easy. However, there are only 7 days to go. It will be tight.
Time Traveller Tours & Tales Kickstarter page. I really really want kids to be able to get their hands on this marvellous resource and become passionate historians for the rest of their lives. I hope you will agree.
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