This year’s theme is ‘Decolonising Heritage Games’.

The 2022 Heritage Game Jam stemmed from an ambitious initiative between York Archaeology and TFTi PhD students funded by the Humanities Research Centre and has grown to incorporate buy-in with matched funding from the Past at Play Lab at Leiden University, the York Decolonising Research Fund and the Place and Community Knowledge Exchange Fund.

With joint efforts we have put together a 3-day workshop and we will host speakers from the Leiden University and the Past at Play lab, the TFTi department of the University of York, the European Society of Black & Allied Archaeologists, and the University of Skövde.

For all the updates, follow the #heritagegamejam2022


11, 12, & 13 OF MAY 2022

at The Digital Archaeology and Heritage Lab
University of York



Talks on archaeogaming & demonstrations by the PlayatPast LAB 



Talks on Decolonisation of Games and Heritage & demonstrations by the PlayatPast LAB 




Prizes for the winners!

Meet the team

The Organisers

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Despoina Sampatakou PhD Student in Digital Archaeology
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Dr Aris Politopoulos Lecturer at Leiden University
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Saad Maqbool PhD Student at TFTi
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Dr Colleen Morgan Lecturer at the University of York

The Speakers

Dr Angus Mol Lecturer at Leiden University
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Dr Aris Politopoulos Lecturer at Leiden University
Prof Lissa Holloway-Attaway Associate Professor at the University of Skövde
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Saad Maqbool PhD student at TFTi at the University of York
Society of Black & Alied Archaeologists

The Contributors

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Digital Archaeology & Heritage LAB Contributor
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Past at Play LAB Contributor
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VALUE Contributor

The Judges

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About us

The Heritage
Game Jam

The Heritage Game Jam is a creative, collaborative game-building workshop wherein participants learn how to make heritage-based games together during a limited time period. We are bringing together participants from both the academic and professional sector to exchange ideas and to both gain expertise and enhance their existing skillsets in heritage interpretation and design.

Have any questions?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a "Jam"?

A “jam” is a short prototyping event which focuses on innovation and creativity around a central theme. Jams have strong roots in the video-game creative practice although increasingly they are being used across academic and other industry areas. For examples of other jams check out the Global Games Jam or Brains Eden.

What is "The Heritage Jam"?

The Heritage Jam is a short-term event which challenges participants to create a heritage interpretation based around a central theme. It is a unique opportunity for talented people to come together, push their skills, challenge their ways of working, inject new ideas into the interpretation of history and archaeology, and grow the heritage industry overall. For more info on the Heritage Jam click HERE.

When is The Heritage Jam?

The Heritage Jam takes place this year completely online. There will be a kick-off event for registered participants on March 31st at 1 pm eastern; invitation links will be sent to participants. The Jam will run from March 31st to April 30th. A digital cafe space will be set up for drop-in and socialising for participants.

What are the Social Media Platforms for the Event?

Can I start working straight away?

Yes! You can start working as soon as the theme is announced – if you are coming to the in-person jam you will need to declare what you have been working on prior to the event.

How do I submit my entry?

Email your project along with a brief bio and paradata to the #THJ email