Great Fire 1666: a Minecraft experience

Explore Minecraft maps to find hidden objects, burn London, fight the fire and rebuild the city!

What is Great Fire 1666?

Inspired by the Museum of London’s rich collections, Great Fire 1666 uses the power of Minecraft to tell the story of the fire.

Three maps offer immersive experiences, allowing players to enter the City of London in 1666 and explore the story of the Great Fire like never before. Uncover the causes of this terrible event, help fight the fire and eventually try your hand at rebuilding London. Each map includes challenges to help players delve deeper into the story and experience what it was like to be part of the Fire of London.

Great Fire 1666 maps are available for all existing players of Minecraft: Java Edition on PC and Mac and are free to download. Please be aware, however, that they will not work in the Windows 10 version of Minecraft – they will only work with Minecraft: Java Edition.

Great Fire 1666 is a collaboration with digital producer Adam Clarke, game designer Dragnoz and map builders Blockworks.

The creation of the third Minecraft map was kindly supported by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

What is Minecraft?

Minecraft is a ‘sandbox’ video game that can be played across a number of platforms for a one-off payment. It’s called a sandbox game because it allows users to explore and create what they want. The creative and building aspect of Minecraft allows players to build 3D constructions using textured cubes. The virtual landscapes in which building or game play takes place are often referred to as ‘maps’ because of their simulation of geographic areas.

To date, Minecraft has sold over 100 million copies and is one of the most popular video games in history. It’s used by players of all ages, and is becoming increasingly popular within education as an engaging learning platform.

FAQ and installation guide

How do I play Great Fire 1666? How can I use it as a tool for learning? And is it safe for all ages? Have all your Great Fire 1666 questions answered and follow step-by-step installation instructions in this handy FAQ section.