The following projects have been awarded funding under the AHRC Creative Economy Knowledge Exchange Project led by the Universities of Nottingham, Leicester and Nottingham Trent: Archives, Assets and Audiences: new modes to engage audiences with archival content and heritage sites. The projects are funded by the AHRC and through match funding from the Universities.

Feasibility projects:

A History of Mining in 10 Objects

Dr David Amos, Dr Sarah Badcock (University of Nottingham), Paul Fillingham (ThinkAmigo) and Bilsthorpe Heritage Society.
This project will pilot the use of digital technologies to engage former mineworkers, their families and the public in the history of mining in the East Midlands.

Young people at work and play in penal institutions at the turn of the 19th century

Dr Sarah Badcock (University of Nottingham), Vicky Shipp (University of Nottingham) and Bev Baker (Galleries of Justice).
This project seeks to pilot the use of digital technologies to enhance the visitor experience and engagement with the collections and archives at the Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham.

Wander Thoresby

Dr Ben Bedwell (University of Nottingham), Dr Gaby Neher (University of Nottingham) and James Parkinson (Stonebridge Trust).
The Project will use a location-based digital platform Wander Anywhere to co-develop an exhibition of Thoresby’s industrial heritage, providing a novel visitor experience that extends the limited indoor exhibition space to encompass the Estate’s expansive grounds.

Locative Media Production Hub

Sean Clark (Cuttlefish Multimedia Ltd), Katie Flaherty (Phoenix Leicester), Dr Simon Dixon (University of Leicester) and Thomas Hulme (student intern, University of Leicester).
This project will use collections from the University’s Special Collections Archive, multimedia resources and new material captured through open workshops to develop a rich multimedia tour of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter.

Just a Step Away

Dr Elizabeth Hurren (University of Leicester) and Esther Simpson (Watch This Space).
The project will draw on a range of archives and collections to research the rise, fall and reinvention of the boot and shoe industry in Leicester. The project  will result in 6 short films that will be projected onto the windows of The Royal Arcade for one week in November 2013.

Musical Echoes

Julian Hanby (Community Theatre Practitioner), Dr Jo Robinson (University of Nottingham), Dr Anton Frank (University of Nottingham), Dr James Goulding and Victoria Shipp (University of Nottingham) and Jo Cox-Brown and Matt Buck (Malt Cross).
This project will explore and expose the history of Nottingham’s last remaining musical hall (Malt Cross) by combining research into the archives of the Malt Cross and other musical halls and experimenting with different digital and projection technologies to produce a virtual performance for the current users and audiences of the Malt Cross venue.

Projection Augmented Relief Models for Historical Understandings in Museum Settings: The 1831 Nottingham Reform Bill Riots

Dr James Goulding (University of Nottingham), Dr Richard Gaunt (University of Nottingham), Prof. Mike Heffernan (University of Nottingham), Dr Gary Priestnall (University of Nottingham), Dr Stuart Reeves (University of Nottingham) and Adrian Davies (Nottingham City Museum and Art Galleries).
This project will examine how to deliver complex historical, educational and geographical information to engage audiences in a specific historical event.

Using Aestheticodes to enhance visitor interactions with lace collections

Dr Boriana Koleva (University of Nottingham), Dr Richard Mortie (University of Nottingham), Dr Amanda Briggs-Goode (Nottingham Trent University), Dr Sarah Kettle (Nottingham Trent University) and Judith Edgar (Newstead Abbey).
The project will investigate how patterns in lace design can be used as a basis for generating a recognisable digital code that can store information about the heritage of the lace industry and be made accessible to visitors and collection users.

Makers’ Yard, Leicester: Contemporary Interpretation through the Leicester Creative Industries

Don Munro (Munro and Whitten) and Dr Rebecca Madgin (University of Leicester).
The project will re-interpret the history of Makers’ Yard and the place of this former factory in Leicester’s hosiery industry and its potential role in emerging creative industries. The project aims to demonstrate the potential sustainable re-use of Makers’ Yard historic environment as a part of a regeneration project.

Digital Reconstruction and Display of Landscape Models: reviving Mayson’s Ordnance Model of 1875

Dr Gary Priestnall (University of Nottingham), Catherine Stead (Keswick Museum), Prof. Mike Heffernan (University of Nottingham) and Katarina Lorenz (University of Nottingham).
This project aims to demonstrate the potential for digitally reconstructing and displaying artefacts that would not normally be viewed by the public. Working with individual tiles of a 19th-century physical terrain model the project will produce an exhibit to demonstrate the process of reconstruction and give a digital impression of the original large scale model.

National Video Game Archive: Cultures of Play

Dr Iain Simons (Nottingham Trent University) and Stella Wisdom (British Library).
This project aims to establish a new platform for research into cultures of (videogame) play within the UK and new insights into the history of the videogame industry. The project will create an online archive of oral histories recording cultures of play within family units and will promote the National Videogame Archive as a research resource.


Nick Alfrey (University of Nottingham) and Isobel Whitelegg (Nottingham Contemporary) will work with a post-doctoral intern, Dr Oliver Dunnett, to  conduct an initial survey of the archives related to the Midland Group, an arts organisation founded in Nottingham in 1943. The project aims to explore the archives and how they might be used as part of a digital archive and research resource for Nottingham Contemporary and its audiences.

Dr Graham Black (Nottingham Trent University) will work with the Framework Knitters Museum at Ruddington to develop an overall vision and interpretation of the Museum taking into account its planned acquisition of Gunn Cottage.

Dr Alan Chamberlain (University of Nottingham) will work with the People’s Collection Wales to explore how the cultural assets of the collection can be ‘released’ through re-packaging and re-purposing the content in different and innovative ways including how the collection might be made more readily available as a research resource.

Sarah Cole (Time/Image) will take up an industry fellowship in the Centre for Advanced Studies at Nottingham to share her experience of working with film archives as part of digital presentations to the public and explore means of curating digital trails through different resources to guide new audiences. Sarah will work with many of the feasibility projects listed above.

Dr Tim Coughlan (University of Nottingham) will work with Nottingham Contemporary will explore new ways of combining the built environment, archives and technology to provoke reflection and creativity in the Lace market area of Nottingham.

Dr Stefan Egglestone (University of Nottingham) will work with Broadway Media Centre to explore how different digital technologies might be used to reveal different aspects of the history of Nottingham’s Lace Market and create narrative trails and ‘urban screens’.

Dr Colin Hyde (University of Leicester) will work with Leicester City Council to develop the ‘Story of Leicester’ initiative and engage new audiences to the project through archives relating to Leicester’s industrial past.

Dr James Moore (University of Leicester) will work with Hinkley and Bosworth Borough Council and Hinkley and Bosworth Museum to establish the resources, archives and oral history material available to enable the history of the knitwear industry to be told through local and regional participants and audiences.

Nick Patrick (Producer of BBC Radio 4’s Making History) will work with Dr Richard Jones (University of Leicester) to explore the potential of different media to disseminate history and engage audiences in research. The project will focus on Leicester Forest East Services: the Cultural Landscape of a ‘non-place.’

Anna Peavitt (Big Difference Company) will work with the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester will explore archives and library collections to enable a large-scale outdoor celebration in 2014 on the theme of ‘A Changing City’.

Dr Deborah Skinner (Nottingham Trent University) and a student intern will work with Nottinghamshire County Council to explore publicly accessible archives relating to industrial heritage at risk within the county.

Dr Néstor Valero-Silva (Nottingham Trent University) will work with Nottingham Contemporary to explore the contribution of the institutional archive and the process of archiving to the development of artistic, learning, public and digital strategies.

(Updated 15th August 2013)