Stories, Archives and Living Heritage

Exploring new ways of accessing, creating, exploring and remixing personal stories and cultural heritages to create new experiences.

We record our personal stories and cultural heritages through different types of media, including photos, writing, audio and video. Technology is making it easier to generate, archive and search these narratives across these different media, both through the web and through the increasing use of interactive exhibits in museums and public spaces. As large digital archives become available, we will explore new ways of accessing, creating, exploring and remixing this content to create new experiences.

This cluster topic is being led by Newcastle University.

Projects within this Cluster

Sound Spaces

Sound Spaces
Sound Spaces explores the potential of spatialised sound through public making

Being There

Being There
'Being There' investigates possibilities of digital technologies for exploring alternative narratives of historical events, and specifically of world war one, relevant to the locality of Cheshire East. A collection of explorative co-designs will highlight opportunities that then are turned into an artist brief for a fully commissioned piece.

Erith Park: Walk the Talk

Erith Park: Walk the Talk
Supporting residents of Orbit housing association in making their own digital walking tours featuring stories and anecdotes about everyday life in Erith Park/Larner Road.

Playful Narrative Realms

Playful Narrative Realms
Designing digital technology for experiences of play in a heritage space

Tuning In to T. Dan Smith

The project aims to explore the role that digital technology can play in the interpretation of urban spaces and urban regeneration and how locative digital content can affect the way a place is experienced and understood.

The Department of Hidden Stories

The Department of Hidden Stories
Encouraging interaction with books and libraries using mobile games.

Latest Cluster Activity

City Walks – a two-part method for civic engagement to be presented at CHI2015, Seoul

20th Dec 2014
Research carried out as part of the Tuning Into T Dan Smith project has been written up and has been accepted at the Conference of Computer Human Interaction - CHI2015 in Seoul, South Korea. The research paper, “Contesting the City: Enacting the Political through Digitally Supported Urban Walks”, presents City Walks...

From the T Dan Smith walk to “City Walks” : testing City Walks as a two part method

29th May 2014
Walks prototypes and tests from the Tuning into T. Dan Smith project have driven the development of a prototype city walking tour, called “City `Walk” that utilizes participants generated content gathered in the T Dan Smith walks undertaken during the first few months of the project. The T Dan Smith provided...

Tuning into T. Dan Smith links research with Newcastle University's Architecture MA students

25th Feb 2014
Academic partner on the project, Martyn Dade-Robertson linked our current research on the Tuning into T. Dan Smith project, with the interaction design module for architecture masters students, whereby learning from the interactive walking tour work and the students’ project work can inform each other. Students were asked to produce a...

Prototyping the T Dan Smith Walk: counterfactual maps, prompt cards and audio archives

20th Jan 2014
In early January project partners, Martyn Dade-Robertson and Alex Butterworth from Amber joined us for a one-day workshop to co-design the first walk prototype. In the workshop a framework for the walk was developed for testing on the 21st of January. The T Dan Smith walk prototype structure, tools and rules...

Detours and diversions in the city - digital archives as provocations

2nd Dec 2013
The project kick-started in mid October with a meeting between all partners, where we discussed  ways to explore the potential of situated digital content to provoke debate that may lead to socio-political action about the built environment and social practices in the city. The T. Dan Smith archive threads the city...