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Visitors flock to Minecraft exhibit

Minecraft exhibit on display at Rheged Centre Photo: ITV Border

An exhibition on a popular computer game at the Rheged centre in Penrith has received over 9000 visitors in its first month of opening.

Minecraft has sold over 60 million copies worldwide, making it the biggest-selling independent computer game of all time.

It's made up of cubes that can be added together to design your own world. It's now being used by schools as well, so for example a history teacher might create an ancient city for the children to explore.

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Visitors in its first month of opening.

I think its evolved to being so much more than a game because so many people have taken the freedom of Minecraft and adapted it to different settings: everything from the Tate gallery in London suing Minecraft as a way of sharing their collections so people can dive into art works and explore those worlds, right through to it being used by the UN for planning developments in deprived areas of the world."

– John Stokes - Arts Manager at Rheged in Penrith
Minecraft Credit: Toby Williams No27 Media

Rheged's exhibition allows children to play with their virtual world in the real world. It's designed to get children and their families to create something in the real world, inspired by the game.

Craft making at the exhibition Credit: ITV Border

You get a toolbar of five slots and there's a wide range of blocks you can use and you just play around with it."

– Lucy Irving, 11-years old from Cockermouth

Well on Minecraft I like to create games out of red stone, like I look a bit on my iPad and think, 'I want to make...play that game, but I want to play it in Minecraft, so I create it in Minecraft and make several things and yeah... hopefully hope it's going to work out."

– Sebbie Conteras, 9-years old from Guilford
Children at the Minecraft exhibition Credit: ITV Border

I've made some like a treehouse with like eggs and I can like... if you tap the egg you can make animals with it."

– Olivia Davidson, 9-years old from Chester-le-street
Minecraft Credit: David Retallick No27 Media

I use Minecraft to build bases and also get inspiration for things that I might do at home: so I sometimes use Minecraft to make sort of backgrounds that then I use in my drawings. In one of them I've got this aeroplane that's like hovering in mid-air and it's connected to like this ladder so I can climb into the aeroplane as it's flying."

– Cameron Moy, 8-years old from Chesterfield

Inspiring creativity is an important part of children's education - but now basic computer coding is too - that's why the curator of this exhibition brought it here.

It's already been visited over 9000 times, but it's on until the schools go back, so there's still time for more.

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