Crossroads. Life Changing Stories from the Second World War: A (Transmedia) Storytelling Approach to World War II Heritage

Licia Calvi, Moniek Hover

Abstract


Crossroads is the name of the concept that narratively connects several WWII-related cultural institutions in Brabant.

We were initially looking for ways to connect 4 otherwise very diverse World War II-related institutions (in fact, 3 museums and a commemoration centre) and we found it in this overarching paradigm.

Crossroads does not require museums to share their collection items. It offers them instead a tool to build and offer visitors a cohesive experience related to WWII heritage.  This experience is characterized by the specific focus into their WWII stories using storytelling that they can adopt.

This paper will highlight the creative process that brought to the development of this concept and will discuss examples of the resulting transmedia narratives.


Keywords


WWII, storytelling, life changing stories, non-fiction transmedia narratives

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