Heritage and the Digital
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Cultural heritage helps communicate knowledge and create identity, shared values and wellbeing. Our University has a long track record in exploring how new digital technologies can celebrate this rich potential.

Our research

We bring together researchers from the Arts and Humanities, Computer Sciences, Social Sciences and Engineering. We also embrace the work of research units across the University: expertise in the digital economy, interactive technologies, spatial literacy, linguistics, the science of learning, how we relate to technology, design and different environments, adds to our unique perspective.

We are fascinated by new ways of igniting cultural curiosity and encouraging dialogues – between people, and with objects and events. How this affects audience behaviour in turn informs our transformative research in the arts and the sciences.

Our impact

Digital technology has huge potential to engage future generations with their culture and heritage in unprecedented ways. We work with external partners to enable innovation in the cultural heritage sector through collaborative research and sharing of knowledge.

We recognise that many of our non-commercial partners would otherwise have little access to cutting-edge ideas and technologies. By focusing on digital solutions that are low-cost, collaborative and can be applied across the sector and across the world, we are maximising the impact of our research.

Our University

We thrive on national and international collaborations. We are exploring how digital technology can enhance shared cultural and arts experiences across our campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, and enjoy partnerships with higher education institutions in the USA, Rome, Athens, Berlin and Munich.

Other collaborations take in the cultural and creative economy: we work with UNESCO, the governments of Italy, Egypt and Germany, the British Library and the Tate galleries, as well as commercial partners. Digital technology and the creative and cultural economy is a growth sector in Europe, the USA, and Asia and Nottingham is well-placed to be recognised as an innovative, international leader in designing and delivering technology that enhances people’s lives.

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