Antislavery heritage and new histories in Hull

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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Work Placement at the Nottingham Galleries of Justice Museum

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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First World War Ephemera

The summer of 2016. London. A heatwave: temperatures soared above 30 degrees. While the rest of England was melting, I was sat in the rather chilly staff area of the British Library pouring over hundred year old paper associated with World War One. The official title of the placement I undertook was ‘First World War…

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Engaging Edinburgh’s Heritage with the Cockburn Association

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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When worlds collide – heritage and digital technologies

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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The Local Archive and Beyond

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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