Archive for September 14, 2015

Cultural Heritage in a Digital Age – Museums Computer Group on Behalf of James Gareth Davies

We are pleased to launch the second edition of the Ironbridge Institute Postgraduate Journal. Furnace is a newly forged Postgraduate Journal within the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH), University of Birmingham.


Cultural heritage is an ever expanding and diversifying discipline; sparking debates and discussions surrounding the field.The theme for the second edition of the journal is: ‘Cultural Heritage in a Digital Age’. In today’s Digital Age, digital technology is embedded in all cultural heritage research and engagement. This edition aims to identify through case studies the current framework between Cultural Heritage and Digital Technology.

- Does digital technology include, or exclude?

- How participatory are the current buzzwords of Crowdfunding, Crowdsourcing / User Generated Content or Mobile Technology?

- Has an ethical and critical discourse been developed to accommodate this rapidly developing environment?

These questions begin to deconstruct some of the present issues, surrounding the theme, and make fundamental enquiries about the future of cultural heritage. To view the free open access journal online and download individual articles go to:

Articles include:

  • An exclusive keynote paper by Professor Robert Stone on Virtual and Augmented Reality Technologies within Cultural Heritage based on recent cutting-edge research, as part of the University of Birmingham’s Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team, School of Electronics, Electrical &Systems Engineering (EESE).
  • An exclusive visioning article from the recently formed ICOMOS UK Digital Technology National Committee.

We have papers from the UK, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Israel and Russia, including:

  • Cultural Heritage in Role-playing VideoGames: A Map of Approaches.
  • The Value of Mobile Phones in Heritage Interpretation.
  • An Assessment of the Digital Preservation of Manuscript Collections: The Experience of Topkapı Palace and İstanbul Archaeology Museums Libraries.
  • 3D #Digital Invasions: A Crowdsourcing Project for Mobile User Generated Content.
  • Performing the Museum in the Age of Digital Reproduction.

This edition on Cultural Heritage in a Digital Age is designed to coincide with the UNESCO Digital Heritage Congress 2015, Grenada, Spain:


The call for papers for our third edition is now out. This will be special themed issue of the journal on the theme of Cultural Heritage in a Transatlantic Age, and will be in collaboration with our partners at CHAMP (Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy) at the University of Illinois Urbana -Champaign:


Hope you enjoy!



Make Culture Work


New Heritage Index from the RSA/HLF
Dear friends and colleagues

Just one thing to share this time from the RSA:

The Heritage Index is part of the RSA’s Heritage, Identity and Place project, in collaboration with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Index is the first in a series of resources that are designed to help people understand local heritage better, access relevant data, and develop a stronger role for heritage in place-making, ultimately helping a place help a place achieve its aspirations to grow and prosper, socially and economically.
By taking a broad view – covering over 100 indicators of both heritage assets and heritage activities – the Heritage Index offers a new look at heritage and produces a set of surprising results in many instances. Results are broken down into six different ‘domains’ of heritage. Some angles for analysis are explored in the pdf report attached, focusing on seven themes.
Note that results are adjusted on a per square mile and per person basis, allowing fair comparison between different parts of the UK. A ‘league table’ lists full ranked results for England, Scotland and Wales.
Last, but not least, to make the full sets of results easy to browse and understand, we have created a series of interactive maps.

No doubt this will create plenty of food for thought!


Mailing address:

Make Culture Work

3 Sedbergh Road

Kendal, Cumbria LA9 6AD

United Kingdom




Participatory Research Network

The Participatory Research Network would like to invite any members of the CC list who are interested in participatory research to the next meeting of the UK Network for Participatory Researchers. This network, established a year ago, is open to anyone from any sector interested in participatory research. You can find details of the meeting here: Meeting of PRN UK – 20th October 2015

Time: 10.45 – 16.00

Date: Tuesday 20 October 2015

Venue: Manchester University, Manchester Business School , Booth Street West, M15 6PB. The meeting will be held in the Alumni Common Room. The venue is within a 15 minute walk from Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations. 

 For directions, please go to:


If you would like to attend, please send an email with details of any dietary or access requirements by 6th October to: and

If you cannot come but would like to have your name added to the mailing list, please contact Tina.

If you have any queries about the venue, please contact Jen Voorhees.


Background - The term participatory research (PR) is now widely used as a way of categorising research that has moved beyond researching “on” to researching “with” participants. The aim of PR is to maximize the participation of those whose life or work is the subject of the research. In PR people with experience of the focus of the research influence decision making and shape that research. This differentiates it from other forms of research where people are invited to take part in research that has already been shaped without their involvement.

The purpose of this meeting will be to meet, to share our experiences and to continue to develop the future nature of the Network, its purpose and links to the International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research.

For more information, please visit