PhD Studentship: Shaping bespoke visiting experiences by interpreting the multiplicity of Hadrian’s Wall with Sheffield Hallam University and English Heritage


English Heritage and Sheffield Hallam University are pleased to announce a three year CDP studentship fully funded by the AHRC entitled “Shaping bespoke visiting experiences by interpreting the multiplicity of Hadrian’s Wall.”

This practice-based PhD project will develop innovative reinterpretations of a UNESCO world heritage site, contributing to an understanding of heritage, design and audience engagement.

Hadrian’s Wall is a complex, trans-historical monument with significant multiple pasts and presents, expressed by many voices. Yet, this diversity of voices is barely reflected in the contemporary presentation of the Wall, which focusses on the Roman period.

The successful candidate will be supported to develop new, experimental digital interpretive interventions, reflecting the multiple histories of the site and complementing the traditional single-narrative interpretation already in place. The interventions will pair a broader, trans-historical, multi-focal understanding of place with a nuanced understanding of the Wall’s visitorship and may incorporate aspects of personalization, multisensoriality and physical experience of place to provide visitors with bespoke experiences.

The student will have access to Sheffield Hallam’s state-of-the-art technologies for the development of interactive installations; and to English Heritage’s Hadrian’s Wall site portfolio, relevant historical research and interpretive expertise.

For further information on the project and the specific research questions it seeks to answer; and to find details on how to apply for this studentship please see the full advert document.

Applications should be made through Sheffield Hallam University and the closing date is 12 noon on Sunday 26 May 2019.



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