Digital Humanities

Collaboration within digital humanities was led by Professor Catherine Richardson and Dr Christina Kim from the University of Kent, with Dr Karen Smyth from the University of East Anglia and Dr Michael Tymkiw from the University of Essex.

The three universities of the Eastern ARC have significant expertise in big data and digital heritage, particularly in visualisation, geographical information systems and online curation.


In the first five years of Eastern Arc, the DH stream supported a number of activities and initiatives. These included:

  • The development of new understandings of the past through the visualisation of the urban environment and of domestic space
  • The use of expertise in the study of artefacts in conjunction with 3D laser-scanning to enable research, enterprise, and public engagement with research
  • The conservation, curation and dissemination of medieval manuscripts, including the development of new research and the enhancement of public engagement with archives
  • The curation of film, sound and British Cartoon Archive and the Liddle Collection
  • The provision of guidance on the creation, curation, and dissemination of digital content based on historical sources via the History Data Service – now incorporated within the UK Data Service.
  • The creation of the Integrated Census Microdata (I-CeM) dataset to make historic British censuses available to researchers
  • A Masters programme in Big Data and Text Analytics
  • An International masters training programme in Heritage Management in partnership with ICCROM (the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) with Digital Heritage embedded within the programme.