Stories, Archives and Living Heritage Lab

On March 16th, we ran Newcastle's second CX Lab, focusing on the way we create and record stories.

This lab was intended to explore how digital technologies can allow people to access archives of cultural content, particularly relating to heritage, in new ways, and how we can enable the public to create and share their own stories.

As with our previous lab, we seeded each group with a broad topic that had emerged during the Connect stage of the project:

  • Heritage in Place explored the relationship between cultural heritage and physical space, such as the role of significant buildings, and how we can use locative technology to explore heritage. 
  • Citizen Archives was responding to the growing ability of communities to represent themselves and create archives of the things that matter to them, and how these might be integrated with traditional collections.

  • Playful Storytelling looked at ways of introducing aspects of play into the creation and exploration of stories, following on from our Department of Hidden Stories pilot project.

Attendees included Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums, Northern Architecture, ISIS Arts, Forma, Amblr and Amber FIlms, wtih academic partners attending from Newcastle University, the University of Sheffield and the University of Edinburgh.

We're currently in the process of writing up the outputs from the lab, which we will post here at a later date.