Live Projects
Bodmin Prison Museum

Together with students in Law we are currently working with Bodmin Jail Museum to help develop an archive catalogue and track down and enhance material related to some of the cases and narratives presented at the museum’s exhibition.

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Material Culture at Saltram House

In collaborative partnership with the National Trust’s Saltram House and Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, undergraduate History students led by Jonathan Mackintosh are  developing their skills through hands-on engagement with artefacts and documents at Saltram House, the Georgian country house of the Parker family on the outskirts of Plymouth.

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The Vicinity Project

“Tourism proxemics and software systems for improving heritage management walking routes on city breaks”

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Tavistock World Heritage Site

Tavistock is the principal urban area in the UNESCO Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscapes World Heritage Site. The present day town centre was laid out by the Dukes of Bedford in the early to mid nineteenth century to provide housing and civic amenities for the mining community who lived in Tavistock and worked the Russell family's extensive and lucrative copper and arsenic mines.

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Song Collectors Pathway Project

Oral traditions, from bothy ballads to football chants, surround us at home and abroad. Yet such practices are often most overlooked and undervalued in the digital age. The Song Collectors Pathway project will help bolster the song collecting movement by training participants in tasks including researching, recording, indexing, editing, archiving and publishing. The Song Collectors Collective (SCC) is a broad association of individuals brought together by a common desire to celebrate, document and support singing and oral tradition. The SCC offering includes an online archive of recordings, a support network for song collectors, and a number of annual events. The collective is at the...

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Cornerstone at Powderham Castle

The History department at Plymouth is currently engaged on a two-year project at Powderham Castle, Devon, in partnership with the Historic Preservation program at the University of Pennsylvania. The project has several strands including community projects, field studies - commencing in June 2017 - to investigate the historic fabric and material culture of the castle and surrounding landscape, cataloguing the castle library; producing a database of archived documents relating to the castle and Courtenay family (held in the castle and at local and national archives), and,the development of new  heritage interpretation content and platforms (including digital media).

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Anywhere - a mythogeography of South Devon

Drawing on almost twenty years of exploratory walking in South Devon, performance maker and ambulatory researcher Phil Smith is at present (late 2016) using the device of the semi-fictional journey of a female researcher who becomes detached from a conference to create a portrait of part of South Devon through its ‘anomalies’ - including, leading nineteenth century technological innovation, modelling modernist suburbia and a modern village, a narrative of extreme ideological racism in its literary tradition, the centralisation of its heritage and the decay and neglect of its heritage margins. With a provisional publication date of 2017. For further information contact  Read More

Underwater Heritage Assets

Funded by Historic England, the aim of this project is to assess the enforcement capacity available to be applied to the conservation of Underwater Heritage Assets in the English Inshore Plan Area.  Currently a number of bodies have a legislative remit to take enforcement action in relation to their relevant sectors – such as fisheries, licensing, pollution and immigration or excise.  While there are some examples of inter-agency, co-operative endeavour, on the whole the picture is not formally coordinated, to the extent perhaps it could be.  More specifically, the project will systematically investigate the legislative frameworks in operation; assess the powers and duties of those required...

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Reading in the Provinces: Plymouth Public Library, 1810-2016

This project focused on the early history of Plymouth Public Library, a subscription library founded in 1810 and still in existence.

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Everyday Offending in Plymouth

A team led by Professor Kim Stevenson is currently working on a pilot project examining the policing and moral regulation of everyday offending and crime in Plymouth 1880-1920 utilizing archival material and local newspaper reportage and also exploring the institutional heritage - police, prison, courts - associated with offending.

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The Lost Index: NATMUS

The Lost Index: NATMUS is the latest in a series of locative iPhone apps produced by James Brocklehurst and Emma Whittaker. Sited within museums, the apps incorporate iBeacon technology, binaural sound recordings and perceptual illusions, in conjunction with real-world artefacts from the museum’s collections, to create imaginary playable experiences. Forming part of research that investigates situated narrative experiences, the apps offer new narrative frameworks and an innovative approach to archive and heritage interpretation.

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Reconstructive Victoriana

Simon Lock, Lecturer in Digital Art and Technology, is currently engaged in a number of projects involving reconstructive Victoriana: recreating vintage devices such as music players, cinematic equipment, stills cameras and fortune telling machines. As part of this work, he is a resident photographer at Morwellham Quay living museum, part of the UNESCO Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscapes World Heritage Site. For further information contact Simon Lock.

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ChitChat: Crime, History and Institutions: Transdisciplinary Conversations in Heritage, Art and Transmedia

#CHITCHAT? is a sandpit for research collaboration and forum for the development of tools that encourage public engagement with our research findings and other heritage materials.

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S-130: The Last surviving German S-Boat

Since 2005 Harry Bennett has been involved in a heritage project to safeguard and document an historic ship. The ship in question is S-130: The Last surviving German motor torpedo boat (S-Boat) of the Second World War (see below for the film on this work).

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Projects Archive
Ugborough

Between 2013-15 St Peter’s church, Ugborough, Devon, received in excess of £50,000 from the HLF to fund repairs to the roof, with the aim of preserving the fifteenth century carved roof bosses in...

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Strawberry Hill

From 2005 to 2006 Plymouth University organised a summer field programme at Strawberry Hill, the 'gothick' castle built in Twickenham by gothic novelist Horace Walpole, in partnership with the...

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Mount Edgcumbe

Mount Edgcumbe was the subject of a three year site investigation, 2007 - 9, by staff and students from the Universities of Plymouth and Pennsylvania in partnership with Plymouth City Council and...

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Icons and Relics

Dr Péter Bokody curated the international exhibitions Icons and Relics: Veneration of Images between East and West (March 21 – November 11, 2014) and Image and Christianity: Visual Media in the...

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