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Brigid Howarth, theme lead

Heritage research at Exeter
Digitization process reveals hidden histories at Powderham Castle

Historians and specialists at the University’s Digital Humanities Lab explored new ways to share the history of Powderham Castle. Read more »

Major redevelopment for museum following University collaboration

The Dorset County Museum, who work closely with the University, were recently awarded £11.3 million. Find out more.

Heritage Innovation

Heritage plays a vital role in contributing towards and understanding identity, creativity and innovation, the economy, environment, quality of life, lifelong learning and social cohesion. It also helps us contextualise and translate knowledge drawn from STEM subjects for better understanding of their social, cultural and historical implications. Our inspiring curiosity led research is broad-based and encompasses tangible, intangible, digital and critical heritage.

The University has invested £1.2m in a new Digital Humanities Lab, housing specialist equipment and providing space for academics, students and creative partners to research, study and collaborate. Additionally, our Heritage Collections and Special Collections Libraries manages collections of archives, manuscripts and book collections that are available to staff, students and external researchers.

We actively engage with regional and national bodies that steer cultural heritage into the future including local councils, LEPs, research councils, creative hubs, university consortiums (GW4 Alliance) and government. Our work includes:

  • Connecting our academics to cultural sites and organisations around the world.
  • Building multi-partner large scale bids that aim to embed and enhance heritage in the fabric of society.
  • Contributing towards regional and economic growth in the South West and deliver clustered networks to strengthen knowledge exchange.
  • Delivering a skills pipeline to cultural organisations and practitioners to nurture relevant skills development, employability and entrepreneurship.

Our partners include: National Trust, Historic England, Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, National Museum of Wales, British Museum, Imperial War Museum (IWM), National Maritime Museum, Museum of Anthropology (University of British Columbia), SW Federation of Museums and Art Galleries, V&A, Changing Faces, Science Museum, NHS Trusts, British Library, Storylines, Eden Project, Future Terrains, Kresen Kernow, Cornwall Museum Partnership, Exeter Cathedral Library and Archive, RAMM (Exeter) and Cotswold Archaeology.