Research cluster

Digital Cultural Heritage

The Digital Cultural Heritage cluster brings together researchers from across the University of Edinburgh who work on analysing, understanding and developing new approaches to the relationships between data, digital and cultural heritage.

“People from across the University of Edinburgh work on research and knowledge exchange relating to cultural heritage. The Digital Cultural Heritage cluster connects these people and celebrates work they do that engages with a very broad range of topics, concepts and technologies.”

Dr Jen Ross and Dr Philippa Sheail, Digital Cultural Heritage Cluster Leads

The Digital Cultural Heritage cluster brings together researchers from across the University of Edinburgh who work on analysing, understanding and developing new approaches to the relationships between data, digital and cultural heritage.

Working with a wide range of partners in the gallery, library, archive and museum sector, cluster members are researching tangible and intangible cultural heritage as it relates to digital preservation, sharing and copyright, new audiences, organisational transformation, learning from collections, community engagement, tourism, curatorial practice, text mining, and geographical information systems.

Our research spans both local and global heritage contexts, and draws on a wide range of theoretical perspectives.

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Meet our researchers

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Copyright, IP and access

Digital Documentation

Tourism and Heritage

Geospatial Data and Heritage

Digital Engagement, Learning and Participation

Working with Digital Archives and Collections

Beatrice Alex

Senior Lecturer and Chancellor’s Fellow in Text Mining
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
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Clare Llewellyn

Lecture in Governance, Technology and Data
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences School of Social and Political Science
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Edward Hollis

Professor of Interior Design
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Edinburgh College of Art
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James Loxley

Professor of Early Modern Literature
School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
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Jessica Witte

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Text and Data Mining
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
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John Harries

Senior Lecturer, Social Anthropology
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences School of Social and Political Science
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Lisa Otty

Director, Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture & Society
Edinburgh Futures Institute

Maureen Finn

Director of Centre for Nomadic Cultures and Education
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Moray House School of Education and Sport
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Moa Carlsson

Lecturer in Architectural Design
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Edinburgh College of Art
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Nathan Sydenham

PhD Candidate
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences School of Social and Political Science
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Nicole Anderson

PhD Candidate
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences School of Social and Political Science
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Patricia Erskine

Director, Culture & Communities
Edinburgh Futures Institute
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Smita Kheria

Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences School of Law
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Stuart King

Reader in Applied and Computational Mathematics
College of Science & Engineering School of Mathematics
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Will Lamb

Professor in Gaelic Ethnology and Linguistics
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
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Zoë Hollingworth

PhD Candidate
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Edinburgh College of Art

Copyright, IP and access

We explore the complex legal, social, educational and design implications of emerging patterns of access, changing orientations to copyright, methods and ethical implications of attempts to control intellectual property, and the nature of digital openness in the cultural heritage sector.

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Smita Kheria

Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences School of Law

Digital Documentation

Digital documentation of cultural heritage is a site of significant innovation and technological change, as scanning technologies and methods become increasingly sophisticated and allow unprecedented forms of analysis of and access to heritage. Our research explores the uses and futures for these emerging technologies.

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Will Lamb

Professor in Gaelic Ethnology and Linguistics
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Tourism and Heritage

Our research in this area explores the implications of the digital in shaping and changing the relationships between tourism and heritage, including navigating preservation of and access to cultural heritage, and the role of tourism in producing heritage.

Beatrice Alex

Senior Lecturer and Chancellor’s Fellow in Text Mining
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
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Moa Carlsson

Lecturer in Architectural Design
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Edinburgh College of Art

Geospatial Data and Heritage

We design, develop, investigate and find new uses for geospatial applications and datasets. Geospatial analysis of archives, texts and collections generates new research insights and public engagement opportunities in a wide range of heritage contexts.

Beatrice Alex

Senior Lecturer and Chancellor’s Fellow in Text Mining
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
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Moa Carlsson

Lecturer in Architectural Design
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Edinburgh College of Art

Digital Engagement, Learning and Participation

We research how people engage with digital and digitised cultural heritage; and how digital technologies and tools support new forms of learning, engagement and participation. Our work spans topics and approaches including crowdsourcing, public and participatory history, evaluation and engagement, community archiving and digital education.

Working with Digital Archives and Collections

We develop and use innovative methods for creating, analysing, searching, digitising, and combining archives and collections, including text mining, geoparsing, image recognition and other forms of knowledge discovery and creative uses of archives and collections as data. These methods help us better understand the past and shed light on present-day issues and questions.

Beatrice Alex

Senior Lecturer and Chancellor’s Fellow in Text Mining
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
Moa Carlsson headshot

Moa Carlsson

Lecturer in Architectural Design
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Edinburgh College of Art
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Will Lamb

Professor in Gaelic Ethnology and Linguistics
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Projects

Live

Completed

Here are some of the projects that cluster members are working on – feel free to contact them for more information or to get involved.

Curious Edinburgh

Decoding Hidden Heritages

Enriching Exhibition Scholarship Project

Photograph of Charles Philips Trevelyan and Molly Trevelyan.

Finding her name in the archive

Infrastructure Futures for Digital Cultural Heritage

Digital Footprints and Search Pathways: AHRC-funded project explores access to online cultural heritage

Gaelic Handwriting Recognition Project

Hearing History

Living Histories of Sugar

Practical applications of IIIF as a building block towards a digital national collection

Reanimating Data: Experiments with people, places and data

Updates & Events

New publication: Heritage and Nationalism

DCH Cluster Member awarded prestigious Chancellor’s Fellowship

Upcoming events

Past events

Upcoming events and workshops will be posted here.

Grounded Speculation: Feeling into Digital Ruins

David Livingstone’s Missionary Travels Manuscript: Digital Editing and the Literature of Victorian Exploration

Museums and AI: Imagining the AI We Want for Museums

Curatorial Labour, Voice, & Legacy: Mary Dorothy George’s Catalogues

Digital Cultural Heritage: Emotional Engagement, Storytelling & Co-creation

Responsible Operations: Previewing a Community Research Agenda

Songs at the Interface: Community interactions with online collections

The Wicked Findings of the Witchfinder General: Using linked open data to put accused witches on the map

Critical Archives Reading Group

Digital Cultural Heritage Research Network

We work closely with the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Network, whose membership spans both the higher education and GLAM sectors. The network was launched in 2016, and is always open to new members.

We love to hear about projects and research related to our interests

If you’re interested in our work please get in touch.

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