Pontypool Townscape

A range of online games and activities for use in schools to support Key Stage 2 will help children learn more about the history of Pontypool, its architecture and its traditional trades. They are hosted online by Torfaen County Council, as part of an educational resources pack to support teachers.

Pontypool Townscape educational games

Our challenge was to develop this suite of activities that will display correctly and be fully useable on all devices from iPad and Android tablets to laptops and PCs. The games are accessible and designed to be large enough to fit clearly on any size of screen. They are also easily operated by touchscreen or mouse.

The eight activities include timelines, interactive maps, matching games, a jigsaw puzzle, and even a “design your own Japanware” activity available in English and in Welsh – an easy switch to make online.

Pontypool Townscape timeline game

Timeline of the development of Japanware, a style of finish that imitates the lacquered effect of oriental items and for which Pontypool is renowned.

Pontypool Townscape interactive map

An interactive map helps users discover more about the trade in Japanware.

Pontypool Townscape interactive traderoute map

An interactive map helps users discover more about the trade in Japanware.

Pontypool Townscape matching game

Matching game featuring elements from Pontypool’s Georgian and Victorian architecture.

Pontypool Townscape drag and drop jigsaw game

A “drag and drop” interactive jigsaw that builds a picture of old Pontypool.

Pontypool Townscape design Japanware game

An activity that allows users to design their own plate with typical Japanware colours and features.

Try the games online here…

The Pontypool Towscape project was funded by HLF, CADW, WEFO, ERDF, Torfaen County Borough Council and Pontypool Community Council.