Self directed brief:
A day out with my partner's Dad is always interesting as he seems to know a folktale, myth or legend linked to wherever we go and goes on to tell these interesting stories that he learnt as a child. This got me thinking, how many folktales could I tell myself? It turned out not many and researching into it, there seemed to be a declining trend of knowledge of cultural folktales.
The tale retold here was told on a drive through County Durham, of John Lambton, heir of the Lambton Estate and his fierce battle with a huge dragon-like worm after terrorising the estate and the curse of the Lambton's.
What is the problem?
Through questioning families, and research, I found that general knowledge of folklore is declining with fewer people being able to recognise the traditional tales and less being passed down to younger generations. My younger cousins could only tell me one folktale they knew.
Traditional folklore has become so ingrained in popular culture and adaptations that fewer and fewer people recognise the origins of these tales. These original tales are important in exploring our identity and heritage. Folklore ties communities together helps people to see past and celebrate differences. With an international reach, folklore ties the world and cultures together, helping us to celebrate our differences.
What is my solution?
The Lost Legends app is aimed at children aged 8-10, a generation where traditional folktales and heritage is becoming lost. These are often linked to location and heritage sites which families frequently visit.
This app creates a family activity, initiated by the children that allows them all to learn about the tales around them, keeping folklore alive.
My aim is to revive folklore by reversing the traditional generational order of passing on of tales. Giving children the knowledge and power to bring to life the Lost Legends of our past.
The example folklore shown tells the story of the Lambton Worm, Penshaw Monument. The story shows John Lambton, heir of the Lambton Estate, County Durham, and his fierce battle with a gigantic worm (dragon) that had been terrorising the local villages.
Illustrations for AR
Storyboard for AR animations
After the visit
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