Games and Public Engagement

The Board Games and Medieval Medicine Project is the public engagement element of the Wellcome-funded Literary History of Medicine Project. The project was funded by the Wellcome Trust via their Provision for Public Engagement initiative, and ran from April 2016 to October 2017.

The aim of this project was to examine the viability of using board games and card games as a vehicle for engaging the general public with the outputs of academic research, with the key deliverables being three prototype games on medicine in the medieval Islamic world, alongside a detailed report on the process of developing and testing these games, and an analysis of how effective games of this type can be at disseminating project research.

As part of this process there were a number of public events by members of the project team, including talks and game-testing sessions, as well as regular monthly public engagement sessions at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford.

A dedicated website for the project can be found at: