Workshop 1 – Cultural Heritage Sparks – 29 January 2016

A recap of the event is available online.

Venue: Godfrey Thomson Hall, Thomson’s Land, Moray House School of Education, Holyrood Road, EH8 8AQ

The first workshop acted as a hub to share current and previous research and to network with those present. A series of 5 minute ‘Sparks/lightning talks’ from participants, and a keynote talk from Dr Rebecca Sinker (Curator: Digital Learning at Tate), generated ideas for discussion in relation to research in the digital cultural heritage sector.


1pm        Registration and start of (working) lunch

1.15        Welcome & introduction to the network

1.30        Lightning talks session 1

2.15        Discussion

2.30        Break

2.45        Keynote: Rebecca Sinker (details below)

3.30        Lightning talks session 2

4.15        Discussion activity

4.50        Next steps

5pm        Close.


Keynote: Dr Rebecca Sinker (Curator: Digital Learning at Tate)

Tomato Tomato (təˈmātō, təˈmätō): Fruitful conversations and cultural misunderstandings in digital research collaborations. 

Drawing on examples from Tate, Rebecca will explore a research-led approach to digital programming in the art museum, considering the benefits and challenges of collaborative work across disciplines and between cultural organisations, academia and audiences.

Dr Rebecca Sinker is Curator: Digital Learning at Tate, working with colleagues across the organisation along with artists and external partners, developing digital learning practice and research. As a practitioner and researcher since 1990, Rebecca has worked with participants from early years to post-graduate, in formal and informal settings, and has spoken and published widely on arts and education.

Lightning talks:

  • Lisa Otty: long-term sustainability of digital collections and archives
  • Niki Vermeulen: Digital tour on history of science in Edinburgh
  • Glyn Davis: The ‘openness’ of gallery and museum content
  • Jen Ross: Artcasting and new approaches to evaluation
  • Beatrice Alex: text mining and geo-referencing of historical text
  • Stephen Allen: National Museums of Scotland MOOC
  • Alison Duncan: Single-platform communication to multiple audiences.
  • Kate Byrne: text mining in cultural heritage data
  • Angelica Thumala: Emotional attachment and experience of books in different modalities
  • Ruthanne Baxter and Gavin Neate: Edinburgh Up Close
  • Lorna Campbell: Digital cultural heritage and open education.
  • James Loxley: Digitally Mapping a Literary Cityscape
  • Chris Speed: Shoplifting data