First Impressions. Hi, my name is Nicole and I am a self-confessed modern art-phobe. Which probably isn’t the easiest thing for an art historian to admit. After dedicating my academic career to the study of ancient art, I confess I find it hard to rationalise the graceful forms of the art of the ancient world…

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As my research is so strongly grounded in contemporary museum practise, I thought it would be useful to gain as much practical experience in different museum settings as I could. I therefore opted to do two placements; one at the International Slavery Museum (ISM) in Liverpool, and one with Hull’s Heritage Learning Team. Whilst both…

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My work placement took place at the Nottingham Galleries of Justice Museum, which is set within the historic courtrooms and prison of the Shire Hall. I was excited to start my placement, as it meant getting involved with the creative side of heritage research and practice. It started off with a meeting with my placement…

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The Cockburn Association is one of the oldest ‘civic trusts’ in operation carrying on the legacy of Lord Henry Cockburn to campaign for the protection and enhancement of Edinburgh’s beauty. Entrenched in a continuous battle with developers the team at the face often-insurmountable odds to fight for the future of the city, with limited resources…

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Annie Hicks on Intangible Cultural Heritage A friend asked me why a heritage researcher scholar would be involving themselves with social media platform producers in Los Angeles. My friend perceived heritage as ancient, of antiquity and made many references to buildings and monuments when I her asked to describe what heritage is. Heritage however, is…

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James Beighton reports on his Heritage placement at Tees Valley Arts It might be described as the researcher’s worst nightmare: to begin a project that you have been excited about for so long, only to find that someone else has just pipped you to the post. It is especially galling when the offending party is…

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I undertook my placement at a community heritage project called BAM! Sistahood! (http://angelou-centre.org.uk/?page_id=1427). It is co-ordinated by the Angelou Centre, a charity, which supports BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) women with skills training and counselling. The BAM! Sistahood project focuses on the history and heritage of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee women in the…

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Sam North reports on his AHRC Heritage Consortium placement My AHRC Heritage Consortium placement has been with Iziko Museums of South Africa’s social history division. Iziko is the state museum umbrella, operating eleven sites in the Cape Town area. These range from art galleries to social history museums to small sites holding specialist collections. Iziko…

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