DOTS Detectives discover the answers to questions like:
Who stole Queen Elizabeth’s valuable salt cellar during her visit to Fulham Palace in London? Where did Ibn Battuta lose his maps? Whose stories have been hidden in history and why do these stories need to be told?
When DOTS detectives catch a dream in their dream machines, they investigate the evidence that they find inside to uncover the identity of the dreamer. They ask perceptive questions, think critically about what the dream reveals (and doesn’t reveal) and develop theories about what the dream might mean.
Dream machines catch all sorts of things including letters, clothes, diaries, keys and photographs (in the dream machine net and cupboard) and moving images (in the machine’s film funnel). One dream contained a golden crown covered in rubies and diamonds! Another dream had a set of hundreds of mysterious keys belonging to an old lady in France. (We are still trying to discover which doors, cupboards and boxes they were made to unlock…)
As new evidence is revealed, DOTS Detectives adapt their theories and their views about the reliability of the sources. When they discover the identity of the dreamer they report back to the DOTS Dream Director. Full and detailed records of every dream that is caught are kept in the DOTS Headquarters.
DOTS detectives create and fix dreams in order to help the dreamer solve the problem they are experiencing. To do this they create new artefacts which reveal information about the past (or the future). Great care must be taken when preparing the dreams to ensure that the information is accurate and that it is communicated in ways which the dreamer will understand.