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Heritage Minds Lab

At The University of Edinburgh

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Our Lab is a dynamic, trans-disciplinary and cross-sector ecosystem.

We develop new, data-rich approaches to heritage research and practice that inform real-world interventions with social purpose.

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Our Work

Research

We work with academic and non-academic partners internationally to examine how encounters with the past shape contemporary values, decision-making and future-thinking in an increasingly digital world. We have a strong focus on critically assessing the impact of digital technologies on the processes and outcomes of heritage research and curation. 

Impact 

Our research generates insights useful to address problems of social fragmentation, human and planetary health. These issues include bias and intolerance, extremism, climate change denial and future trajectories for young people. We create impact through collaborations with museums, heritage bodies, schools, social welfare organisations and local authorities.

Goals

In delivering impact, we critically engage with several of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals: 3. Good health and wellbeing, 4. Quality education, 5. Gender equality, 10. Reduced inequalities, 13. Climate action, 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions, and 17. Partnerships for the goals.

Education

The Heritage Minds Lab is connected with the MSc in Cultural Heritage Futures, at the Edinburgh Futures Institute, University of Edinburgh. Students in the programme are welcome in our  ecosystem and may choose to link their challenge-driven projects to the Lab's research themes. 

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Project Announcement: HAZEL, a pilot generative artificial intelligence (AI) guidance assistant for Historic England

23 April 2024

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Our People

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Dr Chiara Bonacchi

Lab Director

Senior Lecturer in Heritage and Chancellor's Fellow in Heritage, Text and Data Mining, Department of Archaeology and Edinburgh Futures Institute, University of Edinburgh

Dr Marta Krzyzanska

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Influential Past Project, Department of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh

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Dr Jessica Witte

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Text and Data Mining, Department of English Literature, University of Edinburgh

Dr Kate Sharpe

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Tolerant Futures project, Department of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh

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Dr Erika De Vivo

Visiting Fellow

The reputation of Charlie McMann precedes them, as they came to us with an impressive background. They have since become a valued Post-Doctoral Fellow on our team, adding important insights into our work.

Alex Hiscock

PhD Student

Department of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh

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Qiuran Xia

PhD Student

Department of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh

Charlotte Sudduth

Researcher

Tolerant Futures project. Formerly at the Department of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh; currently PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Minnesota

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Dr Zachary Horne

Collaborator

Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh

Professor Richard Hingley

Collaborator

Emeritus Professor of Roman Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, Durham University

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Professor Mark Altaweel

Collaborator

Professor of Near East Archaeology and Archaeological Data Science, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Dr Alberto Acerbi

Collaborator

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento

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Dr Xavier Rubio-Campillo

Collaborator

Ramón y Cajal fellow and Group Leader of Didàctica i Patrimoni - DIDPATRI, Institut d'Arqueologia and Institut de Recerca en Educació, Universitat de Barcelona

Dr Terrie Lynn Thompson

Collaborator

 senior lecturer in Digital Media and Professional Education at the University of Stirling. 

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With support from the Leverhulme Trust

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