The workshop participants engage with interviewees in the Archive of Refuge to understand what made them seek refuge elsewhere and what circumstances they encountered upon arrival. Drawing on these stories, they formulate their own ideas about the ideal conditions for refugees to encounter on arrival. After putting their ideas down on paper to create a prototype, they use multiple media to translate this vision into virtual reality on the learning platform CoSpaces, which they can then experience with VR glasses.
Oral history gives visibility to histories that have been under-represented, and that includes women’s experience as refugees and migrants. The participants are given a short introduction using data visualisation in order to illustrate how history writing and descriptions of migration and flight are often influenced by a male perspective. Through selected sequences from Archive interviews, the participants explore reasons for seeking refuge and experiences during the process that are specific to women. They visualise these aspects in a simple form of data journalism.
The participants produce a peer-to-peer chat format for places in interviews that require more explanation. In so doing they discover the significance of oral history and sources and what is distinctive about this approach to history writing. Contextualisation is provided by a messenger-type simulation that follows a question-and-answer logic and reflects the “orality” aspect in a familiar way.