I am a conservator and archaeologist, currently researching sustainability in UK voluntary groups who care for their local heritage. I think people should be involved in identifying and taking care of their own heritage. One of my main interests at the moment is renegotiating professional and volunteer roles and responsibilities for heritage; how can caring for heritage be part of active citizenship without exploiting volunteers, exacerbating diversity issues in the heritage sector or devaluing heritage professionals? This renegotiation is determining the trajectory for my current research into developing approaches to give groups caring for heritage agency in facilitating their own sustainability, through co-designing digital infrastructure and building capacity. My current work is very much collaborative; I bring my theoretical background and university connections, and the heritage groups I work with bring their local knowledge and connections, in addition to experience in all kinds of areas, not least in caring for heritage. Together, I hope we will develop new ways of working that make the most of all the expertise and capacity available (paid and unpaid) in fostering a richer heritage, fully embedded in our daily lives.

My background is in heritage conservation – objects and sites, especially with regard to decision-making processes. While my current work is building on this by developing tools through processes that will both help make increased participation in conservation decision-making possible, it is also taking me to fields like action research, participatory governance and digital design.


Conference Presentations

  • Non-participation Research for Equitable Heritage Futures. CHAT ACT: Agency, Action and Advocacy, Aarhus, Denmark, 26th – 28th October 2018.
  • Engineering Critical Public Participation in Caring for Heritage. Association of Critical Heritage Studies Fourth Biennial Conference, Hangzhou, China, 1st – 6th September 2018.
  • #Heritagegonewild: Digital Heritage Field-schools as Seedbeds for Transformative Heritage Research. Researching Digital Cultural Heritage, Manchester, UK, 30th November – 1st December 2017 (with Sara Perry, Meghan Dennis & Tara Copplestone).
  • Reviewing Heritage “Expertise” – Renegotiating Responsibilities. World Archaeological Congress 8, Kyoto, Japan, 28th August – 2nd September 2016
  • Sustaining Stewardship Communities by Digital Co-Creation. World Archaeological Congress 8, Kyoto, Japan, 28th August – 2nd September 2016
  • Sustaining Places in Action: Facilitating Community Involvement in Heritage Stewardship by Co-Creation. Landscape Values: Place and Praxis, Galway, Republic of Ireland, 29th June – 2nd July 2016.
  • Sustaining Community-led Heritage Stewardship: Co-creating a Community-sourcing Platform for Heritage Management. Association of Critical Heritage Studies Third Biannual Conference, Montreal, Canada, 3rd – 8th June 2016.
  • Democratising the Digital: Sustaining Community-sourcing Platforms for Heritage Management and Conservation by Co-creation. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology 2016: Exploring Oceans of Data, Oslo, Norway, 29th March – 2nd April 2016.
  • Archaeological Resources Should not Be Considered ‘Renewable’. Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference 2015, Bradford, UK, 14th December – 16th December 2015.