The Forbidden City - Digital Historian Project
Known as Project 1845 online, this amazing recreation of The Forbidden City was meticulously created by a team of amateur and professional historians who share a love of Minecraft and Chinese History. This map is only a small part of a much larger project that aims to bring the study of history to a new audience using 21st century technologies. Eventually, the whole of historical Beijing, circa 1751, will be available.
Learn more at the Project 1845 Homepage.
This world does not come with a specific lesson plan. Rather, it is presented as an open-ended play space that can be used for a wide variety of activities. This would be a great map to use in a World History classroom, to study city planning or architecture, to practice living in online communities, or whatever else you can imagine!
- Have your students study the architecture of the buildings, then build their own period houses.
- Take a sky-rail tour around the map and write down five characteristics that you don't usually see in Minecraft worlds.
- Create a scavenger hunt for students that sends them to interesting locations and buildings.
- Role play the life of Chinese citizens from this time period.
- Use signs to label different areas and hypothesize about their historical and cultural significance.
It is strongly recommended that you use this custom texture pack which adds authentic details to the world: