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About the Project

The city of Bath has always been a social gathering place known for the hot springs which were believed to have medicinal (or even spiritual) properties. The social activities which were at the heart of life in Bath had to abide by a set of rules. Jane Austen’s novels which are set in the city of Bath convey humor and messages in the way they  bend or break these rules. Her life and novels in Bath are wrapped around the importance of groups and socializing. 

In today’s environment where large social gatherings are no longer possible, it is entertaining (and educational) to study what role social gatherings have historically played. By taking an in-depth look into the drama of the 19th century city of Bath, we learn how socializing played out in a different society. The virtual map is available for exploration – in this time when actual travel and exploration is not feasible.

Project Design Plan

The following is my navigation for the pages of the story.

  • Stories of origin
    • Prince Bladud (he was quarantined as a leper until he “discovered” the hot springs – interesting tie in to today)
    • Historical origin
  • ‘King’ of Bath
  • Rules of conduct*
  • Discovery of Roman temples

Travel through Bath

  • Pump Room
  • Sidney Place
  • Sidney Gardens
  • The Circus
  • Upper Camden Place
  • Lower Camden Place
  • The Royal Crescent
  • Barton Fields
  • River Avon
  • Borough Wall
  •  Frances Square
  • Great Pultney Street
  • Spring Gardens

Style in Regency Era Bath

  • Bath as a fashion center
  • Style of manners
  • Shopping in Bath         

The Drama of Bath (I want this part to be the most interactive)

  • Pump Rooms
  • Public Baths
  • Private Baths
  • The Lower Assembly Rooms
  • The New Assembly Rooms (or Upper Rooms)
  • Theatre
  • Sydney Garden Vauxhall
  • Desultory walk through Bath
  • The Libraries

*Rules of Conduct – I will have a page all about the rules of conduct according to Beau Nash, but it will also be incorporated throughout the pages in the Drama of Bath. When rules have to do with the theatre, it will be under the theatre, when it has to do with the pump room, it’ll be under the pump room. I will try to find examples of stories or fiction where people followed or didn’t follow rules of conduct. If there is a way to also open up a forum or comments section to the audience, this could make it even more interactive.

To a certain extent, I want to recreate this interactive map of Early Modern London which I studied in a class a few years ago. After the notes that Sabrina made on my original design plan, I know that I need to space out the map effectively. I think that it will still be possible to have pins in the map and click on those to learn more information. I am going to create the map as an exhibit on Omeka and have a clear navigation through the different areas.

I am planning to have the map have different places you can click to learn more information about that location. On the pages which have extra information, I would love to have images or graphics to add visual interest. Where it is not possible to get good images of the historical location, I am planning to add colors, graphics, or artwork that will still engage the audience. My brand kit for this will be similar to the colors, typography, and aesthetic of my blog website, but a bit toned down so it is more academic than aesthetically pleasing.

 I am organizing the pages in collections and exhibits so that the audience has an exploratory role through a geospatial space. By using the application Omeka and the tool NeatlineFeatures/Curatescape, I want to give the audience an active role in the exploration of Bath and the background information and stories which makes Bath in the Regency Era so interesting.

For the pages to be interactive, I have installed Omeka on Reclaim Hosting, and I am trying to figure out how to add a downloaded plugin into the FTP. I was wanting to add Curatescape which allows you to make interactive maps, or NeatlineFeatures which allows you to edit geospatial metadata. I have downloaded NeatlineFeatures and other plugins, but I am struggling to get them activated. I also am still in the early process of figuring out just how to upload content that I want to Omeka. There is a chance that some of my navigation plans may change as I learn more about the details of the platform.

I conducted an interview with Dr. Eberle yesterday, and she gave me more content to look at for my research. I have a recording of the interview and the beginning of a transcript of her answers. I am going to edit the audio and upload snippets as a part of the collections.

Planning for Project

Check out these blog posts to learn more about my planning process for this multimodal, interactive website:

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