Storyality was developed as part of a StoryFutures Fellowship, awarded to Arcade CEO Jon Meggitt. Working in partnership with StoryFutures, UK Parliament and leading historian Dr Matthew Smith, the brief was to create a scalable experience which immersed visitors and remote audiences into the rich history of Parliament and, specifically, the majestic Westminster Hall.
Using this iconic hall as its physical canvas, Storyality offers multiple perspectives on historical events and enables users to forge their own experience based on their responses to the narratives laid out in front of them. They experience these stories spatially, physically moving from one to the next, choosing which perspectives to engage with and which doorways to explore next. The range of perspectives are designed to challenge commonly held beliefs, and offer a new platform for historically under-represented voices to be heard.
From an initial concept that revolved around having visitors explore large numbers of mini scenes in AR, Storyality evolved into tool that fosters deeper explorations of more singular issues. The prototype took on the astonishing story of women’s suffrage and the role of petitions in ultimately bringing about the women’s vote.