The Bones of Our Past!


It is our pleasure to announce the theme for #THJ2017. This year, our theme draws from the ‘Skeletons: Our Buried Bones’ exhibition currently being hosted at the Leeds City Museum by the Leeds Museums and Galleries in partnership with the Museum of London and the Wellcome Collection.


The announcement of the theme also means that registration for the jam is now open and work can commence for both our online jammers (who have until the 26th of October to complete their innovative visualisations) and for our in-person jammers (who can bring any pre-made materials they desire to the jam on the 27-28th October). 

The exhibition provides a rare glimpse into the lives of the individuals who have gone before us and the history which lays beneath our feet. From an Iron Age male and female found buried together at Wattle Syke near Wetherby, to a Medieval soldier killed at the Battle of Towton and a victim of the Black Death from London, the ‘Skeletons: Our Buried Bones’ exhibition explores what the bones of our past can tell us about time long gone and provides valuable insights into our current lives (Leeds Museums and Galleries). Our in-person jammers will get the opportunity to get up close and personal with the exhibition with a guided tour and a short Q&A with the Leeds Museum Curator of Archaeology.

Whilst the theme draws its inspiration from the ‘Skeletons: Our Buried Bones’ exhibition we encourage our jammers to think outside the box, perhaps finding further inspiration from oral histories, wider heritage sites and the skeletal remains of boats or buildings. We hope the possibilities this theme offers sparks your imagination, whether you are an artist, archaeologist, heritage professional, gamemaker or  a creative type wanting to dive into some heritage interpretation. We are looking for ideas which push outside of the box, and push people's perceptions of Heritage through their ingenuity - so what are you waiting for? Check out our partners' information on the exhibition for more inspiration:

Or perhaps take a moment to take a look at our brand new pinterest board that the #THJ2017 team will be adding to in the lead up to the jam, 


So go on! Sign up now. 

If you have any questions please feel free to email, tweet or send us a message on facebook. 

AuthorIan Kirkpatrick