Games Research Network

Researching analogue and digital games

Tabletop Chemistry

The GRN is delighted to report that it was successful in its application to the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Outreach Fund.

Teaming up with our friends and colleagues at Errant Science, we will be developing a set of learning materials that can be used alongside off-the-shelf tabletop games to develop dialogue around chemistry.  We’re also working alongside librarians to create a series of activities during International Games Week in order to bring games and chemistry to a wider audience.

The libraries that we are working with are: Ellesmere Port Library, Chester Library at Storyhouse, Northwich Library, Bournemouth Library, Poole Central Library, and Boscombe Library. If you are a librarian and would like to find out more about the project please do get in touch or follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with our progress.


  1. This is beneficial programming, but be sure to loop in the school librarian, not just district administrators. School librarians are advocating for their own libraries and have often already established relationships with the local public librarians. Be sure that a certified school librarian serves as the liason for this collaboration, and include school librarians as partners as well. Don”t want this to be an rationale for eliminating school libraries, which many districts have. To use the sports analogy, students play club team sports outside of school, but they don”t eliminate the school team just because students also play the sport off campus.

  2. games_research_network

    8th March 2018 at 9:11 am

    Thanks Janet,

    This is a really important point, and we will be working hard to make sure that ALL libraries benefit from the resources that we produce. Please let us know if you would like more details about how to get involved. 🙂

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