Escape the Past is a live escape game based below stairs in Glasgow’s historic Pollok House
PREVENT POLLOK BUTLER’S POISONOUS PLANS AT ESCAPE THE PAST
Heritage first takes escape game to another level
Scotland’s answer to Downton Abbey, Pollok House, has brought its visitor experience bang up to date for summer 2016 with the launch of an escape room game. Escape the Past opened at the stunning National Trust for Scotland site in Glasgow on 10 June, and is already receiving rave reviews.
“It felt as if we were in the Crystal Maze, working against the clock, as a team, to prevent a murder. It was exciting, fast paced and most importantly great fun!”
“Exciting, enjoyable, entertaining, it had everything!”
“Fantastic fun, well delivered, tantalizing puzzles.”
Believed to be the first visited heritage site in the UK to offer the experience, the charity says that the authentic setting takes adventure gaming to the next level. Pollock House is an amazing event venue in the heart of Glasgow.
The conservation charity has tapped in to the growing trend, creating the interactive and immersive puzzle game in the room that once was the butler’s in Pollok’s below stairs. This real life setting has provided inspiration for the challenge – two to five players have 60 minutes to collect clues and solve a puzzle which will help them thwart a devious butler’s poisonous plans.
Escape games started in the early 2000s and are a fairly recent arrival to the UK and are growing in popularity.
The project was developed by Elaine Clark, former Interpretation Project Manager, who visited her first escape room last year with a group of friends and immediately spotted the potential for the National Trust for Scotland.
Pollok House Property Manager Karen Cornfield said: “We’ve used our real-life locations, history and heritage of the Trust to create a game that is fun and totally absorbing. This makes it stand out from others, who normally have to rely on invented scenarios and locations. The experience is very engaging as our feedback so far confirms. It also has a grounding in history, so everyone taking part will leave with a better understanding of what life was like in an Edwardian country house“.
“We are really excited to be trail-blazing for the Trust in trying this new experience out. Escape rooms are pretty popular with young adults, so we’re hoping to see more students and young professionals come through the doors to see what Pollok and the National Trust for Scotland has to offer.”