LIVE!Museum Participants

November 2010

Participants Sandpit 1

Jeff Graham, Director Xor Systems

Michael Harrison, Director Scripti Ltd.

Graham Howard, Director System Simulation

Lai-Chong, Law Lecturer School of Computer Science, University of Leicester

Alex Moseley, Educational Designer, Course Development Unit University of Leicester

Ross Parry, Programme Director of the Museum Studies Masters course/Chair of the Museums Computer Group, University of Leicester, department of Museum Studies

Kathleen Pirrie Adams, Assistant Professor New Media & Film, School of Image Arts Ryerson University

Xu Sun, Research Associate School of Computer Science, University of Leicester

Giasemi Vavoula, RCUK Academic Fellow University of Leicester, department of Museum Studies

Participants Sandpit 2

Alejandro Armellini, Senior Learning Designer Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicester

William Clarke, PhD Student University of Leicester, department of Museum Studies

Jeff Graham, Director Xor Systems

Jonathan Hale, Reader Nottingham University, department of Architecture

Graham Howard, Director System Simulation

Serena Iervolino, PhD Student University of Leicester, department of Museum Studies

Alex Moseley, Educational Designer, Course Development Unit University of Leicester

Ruth Page, Lecturer School of English, University of Leicester

Ross Parry, Programme Director of the Museum Studies Masters course/Chair of the Museums Computer Group, University of Leicester, department of Museum Studies

Adam Roussel, PhD Student SPLINT, University of Leicester

Nick Toms, Design Assistant, Design and Exhibitions Team Leicester Museums and Galleries

Merel van der Vaart, Research Assistant LIVE!Museum

Elena Villaespesa, PhD Student, University of Leicester, department of Museum Studies

Participants Sandpit 3

Giancarlo Amati, 3D Developer Petrie Museum

Simon Atkinson, Educational Developer, London School of Economics

Vicky Carroll, Curator Science Museum

Matt Haycocks, Director Standard 8

James McQuaid, Learning Adviser National Trust

Alex Moseley, Educational Designer, Course Development Unit, University of Leicester

Ross Parry, Programme Director of the Museum Studies Masters course/Chair of the Museums Computer Group, University of Leicester, department of Museum Studies

Phaedra Shanbaum, PhD Student University of Leicester, department of Museum Studies

Paul Taylor, Project Manager Herbert 2.0, Herbert

Rob Tice, Director Knowledge integration

Merel van der Vaart, Research Assistant LIVE!Museum

Giasemi Vavoula, RCUK Academic Fellow University of Leicester, department of Museum Studies

Jenny Walklate, PhD Student University of Leicester, department of Museum Studies

Alex Whitfield, eLearning Manager British Library

Laura Whitton, Networks Officer Collections Trust
Participants Research Mart

Giancarlo Amati, 3D Developer Petrie Museum

Alejandro Armellini, Senior Learning Designer Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicester

Jeanette Atkinson, Associate Tutor Museum Studies University of Leicester, department of Museum Studies

Simon Atkinson, Educational Developer, London School of Economics

Bob Banks, Senior Consultant Tribal Group

Sarah Beecham, Director Art of Memory

Vicky Carroll, Curator Science Museum

William Clarke, PhD Student University of Leicester, department of Museum Studies

Clare Cooper-Hammond, Director of Marketing and Commercial Strategy Antenna Audio Limited

Daniel Evans, Head of Web Science Museum

Jeff Graham, Director Xor Systems

Jonathan Hale, Reader, Nottingham University, department of Architecture

Ruth Harper, Network and Marketing Coordinator Culture 24

Michael Harrison, Director Scripti Ltd.

Matt Haycocks, Director Standard 8

Michael Hoeschen, Director Michael Hoeschen Designs

Carl Hogsden, Research Associate University of Cambridge

Graham Howard, Director System Simulation

Serena Iervolino, PhD Student University of Leicester, department of Museum Studies

Boriana Koleva, Lecturer, School of Computer Science, Nottingham University

James McQuaid, Learning Adviser National Trust

Lisa Moore, Visitor and Operations Officer Warwickshire Museum

Alex Moseley, Educational Designer, Course Development Unit University of Leicester

Ruth Page, Lecturer, School of English, University of Leicester

Ross Parry, Programme Director of the Museum Studies Masters course/Chair of the Museums Computer Group, University of Leicester, department of Museum Studies

Phil Purdy, Grid Manager Collections Trust

Polly Richards, Independent Curator and Content Developer

Peter Ride, Principal Research Fellow & Course Leader MA Visual Culture, Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, University of Westminster

Martin Roberts, Senior Curator Herbert

Adam Roussel, PhD Student SPLINT, University of Leicester

Paul Taylor, Project Manager Herbert 2.0, Herbert

Julian Tomlin, Deputy Director Lakeside arts Centre

Nick Toms, Design Assistant, Design and Exhibitions Team Leicester Museums and Galleries

Merel van der Vaart, Research Assistant, LIVE!Museum

Giasemi Vavoula, RCUK Academic Fellow University of Leicester, department of Museum Studies

Elena Villaespesa, PhD Student, University of Leicester, department of Museum Studies

Jessica Vincent, Partnership and Sponsorship Manager, EMEA Antenna Audio Limited

Jenny Walklate, PhD Student University of Leicester, department of Museum Studies

Sara Wear, Keeper of Archaeology Warwickshire Museum

Alejandro Armellini
Dr Alejandro Armellini is a Senior Learning Designer at the Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicester. He has been the main bid writer, project lead and Principal Investigator on externally-funded research projects in the areas of learning design, technology-enhanced learning, curriculum delivery and open educational resources. He is the lead Carpe Diem facilitator at Leicester and conducts these learning design workshops across the UK Higher Education sector. He is the main advisor on learning design for online and distance learning and co-ordinates Beyond Distance’s doctoral programme. Alejandro publishes regularly in the fields of learning design, institutional capacity building, open educational resources and teacher networks.

Jeanette Atkinson
Jeanette Atkinson is a heritage professional with a background in both academic research and heritage practice. She has worked as a Distance Learning Associate Tutor since 2004 for the School of Museum Studies, where she teaches and supervises postgraduate students on the MA in Museum Studies and the MA in Interpretation, Representation and Heritage. Jeanette has also worked as Programme Director, Museum Studies by Distance Learning (2009-2010) in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, where she was responsible for nearly 300 distance learning students and managed 20 Associate Tutors. She also contributed to teaching and assessment on the School’s campus based programme in the areas of collection management, care of collections, the exhibition project, study visits and the group project. Prior to working at Leicester, Jeanette worked as a conservator in a range of national and regional museums in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Kensington Palace and the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna M?tauranga o Aotearoa, and in private practice for clients including Christie’s Auctioneers, Sotheby’s, the Sainsbury Collection at the University of East Anglia (UK), and the Museum of Wellington City and Sea (NZ).

Simon Atkinson
Simon joined the LSE as an Educational Developer (Academic Staff Development) with the Teaching and Learning Centre in August 2010. He was formerly the Director of Teaching & Learning at the College of Education, Massey University, New Zealand. He joined Massey as Strategic e-Learning Advisor in 2008. Simon was formally Acting Director of the Learning & Teaching Support Unit, Head of the Centre for Learning Development, and Head of eLearning at the University of Hull from 2003-2008. Prior to joining Hull, Simon was part of the Academic Professional Development Programme of the Institute for Educational Technology (Open University-UK) 2001-2003, and the Centre for Continuing Education at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand 1999-2001. He has also worked in development at the University of Oxford and in continuing education at Exeter University UK.

Bob Banks
Bob Banks is an e-learning consultant with Tribal Group (www.tribalgroup.com). He works on large (and small) projects using the web and digital technologies to enhance people’s opportunities for learning. He is a member of the research committee of the UK Association for Learning Technology, and has participated in a number of UK / European research projects exploring learning technologies, learner voice, and links between formal learning and museums and galleries.

Sarah Beecham
Sarah Beecham, originally a fine artist, is an art historian who has worked for many years as a designer, co-ordinator and producer of multi-media systems. Sarah continues to run Art of Memory, the company she co-founded in 1989 with Graham Howard. Sarah specialises in interpretation production for museums and galleries. She has had key roles in various bench-mark products such as ‘The Story of Glass’ for the V&A in London, ‘EleKtra’ for the OSI Electronic Publishing training programme and the Fine Rooms kiosks for the Royal Academy of Arts. Sarah worked with Opera North on OpenDrama, an EU Framework 5 project, and has recently worked with specialist Arts & Crafts museums evolving interpretive programmes for their kiosks and websites, whilst continuing to work with the Royal Academy on the digitisation of their collection.

Vicky Carroll
Vicky Carroll is Curator of History of Science at the Science Museum. She is currently working on a major new gallery about scientific heritage which will launch in 2014 subject to funding. Previous projects include exhibitions on climate change, environmental technologies and scientific toys. Before joining the Science Museum she was Assistant Curator of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the V&A. Vicky has a PhD on science and eccentricity and her research and publication interests include the cultural histories of natural history, earth sciences and popular science with a focus on the nineteenth century.

Jonathan Hale
Jonathan Hale is an architect and Reader in Architectural Theory at the Department of Architecture & Built Environment, University of Nottingham. He is Course Director for the Master of Architecture (Design) and the interdisciplinary MA in Architecture and Critical Theory. His research interests include: architectural theory and criticism; the philosophy of technology; the relationship between architecture and the body; and architectural exhibitions. He is the author of numerous articles and books and has recently co-edited Rethinking Technology: a Reader in Architectural Theory (Routledge, 2007). He is also a founder member of the international subject group: Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA): http://www.ahra-architecture.org

Carl Hogsden
Carl Hogsden is a Research Associate at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. His research interests consider how technology can be used to develop knowledge about collections by generating digital networks involving people, artefacts and museums. Driven by a background developing computer applications for the museum sector alongside exhibit production and curatorial practice, Carl is fascinated by the challenges of seamlessly representing poly-vocal interpretation in both the physical and internet dimensions of the museum. Carl’s current work as technical lead for Artefacts of Encounter, a museum/community collaboration initiative, seeks a technical solution for this outcome in the form of an online research environment as a means for scalable digital reciprocation.

Serena Iervolino
Serena Iervolino is a doctoral candidate in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. Her thesis investigates the ways in which museums represent the cultural diversity that characterizes contemporary multicultural societies. Her research focuses on European ethnographic museums that are currently attempting to overcome traditional discourses about ‘the other’ and are applying experimental strategies to engage with and represent their culturally diverse societies. Her research looks, in particular, at multimodal exhibitions that employ ethnographic objects together with other semiotic resources (like artworks, sounds, multimedia) to create sharing spaces where the dichotomy between ‘us’ and ‘them’ is questioned.

Alex Moseley
Alex Moseley is an Educational Designer at the University of Leicester, where he has had long experience as both practitioner and researcher of course design and development for higher education; and was recently awarded the title of University Teaching Fellow. He has particular interests in online and distance education, student engagement, and provision of effective research skills and student induction. He also researches online immersive games, and has suggested key features which can be transferred to higher education to ensure high engagement and community development. His academic background, and continuing disciplinary interest, is in Archaeology.

Ruth Page
Dr Ruth Page’s research focuses on narrative theory, language and gender studies and new media. She has published in the fields of stylistics, CDA, discourse analysis, and multimodality. Her work on online forms of narrative includes hyperfiction, blogs and social network sites. She contributed to The Cambridge Companion to Narrative (2007), Literary and Linguistic Approachesto Feminist Narratology (2006) and editor of New Perspectives of Narrative and Multimodality(2010) and New Narratives: Stories and Storytelling in the Digital Age (forthcoming with UNP).She is writing a book on social media and personal storytelling to be published in the Studies in Sociolinguistics series by Routledge (2011).

Ross Parry
Ross Parry has been Lecturer in Museums and New Media at the University of Leicester since 1998, and in 2006 was made an HIRF Innovations Fellow. He is Programme Director for the campus-based Masters course, chair of the Digital Heritage Research Group (DHRG), and supervisor to four PhD students. Since 2001 he has convened the ‘Spring School in New Media’, an annual three-day event for museum practitioners and researchers to reflect upon the impact of digital technology on their work. Ross continues to sit on the committee of the Museums Computer Group, has for a number of years co-convened the annual UK Museums on the Web Conference, and has been on the judging panel of the Jodi Awards (the national award recognising museum, gallery, library, archive or heritage websites that demonstrate commitment to meeting web accessibility standards).

Peter Ride
Peter Ride is Principal Research Fellow at The University of Westminster. He is course leader for MA Visual Culture and currently developing the forthcoming MA Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture (from October 2010). His research is centred around creative practice, in particular addressing digital media and interdisciplinary arts projects. He was one of the first curators in the UK to produce internet artworks. Recent curatorial projects include a retrospective, David Rokeby –Silicon Remembers Carbon in the UK and Canada (2007/8) and a group exhibition Timeless: time, landscape and new media (Toronto, 2005). Previously he was employed at the National Museum of Photography, Film and TV, (1983-7) The Photographers Gallery (1989-93), Cambridge Darkroom Gallery (1993-5), Artec, the Arts Technology Centre, London (1995-7) and DA2 Digital Arts Development Agency (1998-2000). He is the co-author with Andrew Dewdney of The New Media Handbook, Routledge, 2006.

Martin Roberts
Martin has worked at the Herbert since 1998. His first role was Keeper of Social History, but from 2003 he has been Senior Curator. His work involves leading the curatorial team which is responsible for managing the museum’s collections and making them accessible to the public. The team looks after a wide and diverse range of collections which includes social and industrial history, archaeology, natural history and visual arts. The main project the team have been involved in recently was the creation of seven new permanent exhibitions as part of the major redevelopment of the Herbert, which was completed in October 2008. Martin’s previous work in museums has included jobs at a mining museum in Northumberland and Hitchin Museum in Hertfordshire. He is an associate of the Museums Association.

Paul Taylor
Paul joined the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in November 2003 as Senior ICT Officer (Collections). In this role he was responsible for managing and administering our Collections Management database system, managing a small team tackling the documentation backlog of our museum collections and working on various other ICT projects including working with our Media team to revamp the website, putting information about our collections online. Since April 2009 Paul’s role has changed to manage an exciting new project, Herbert 2.0, funded through Renaissance in the Regions. This project has three major elements – implementing a programme of staff training and development in the use of new and creative media, developing new content using these skills both for our galleries and online; and finally working with partners to pilot the use of smart building technology in the museum to offer our users a personalised, persistent museum experience both in the gallery and online. In addition he is Employee Trustee on the Trust Board. Before joining the Herbert, Paul completed a MA in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester in 2000 and then worked for three years at the Waterways Trust Boat Museum in Ellesmere Port.

Nick Toms
Nick Toms worked for 16 years in the commercial Point of Sale, trade and public exhibition environment, producing and installing 2D and 3D content for ‘high street’ retailing along side regional commercial exhibitions and promotions. He has spent the last twelve years within the Museums environment at Leicester City Museums and Art Galleries. He works within the in-house Design and Exhibitions Team, which is responsible for Exhibition planning, design, commissioning, production, installation, maintenance, de-installation, gallery refurbishments and promotional literature. The team works from an outline exhibition brief with the curators and other stakeholders moving towards a final brief, which consolidates the content, narrative and interpretive concept. Within the team his roll is primarily focussed on the structural environment, use of lighting, A/V equipment, structural layout, graphics installation, interactive and 3D component design, production and commissioning ensuring that the interpretive and narrative concepts are woven into the exhibition environment.

Merel van der Vaart
After her BA in Museology at the Reinwardt Academy (Amsterdam) from which she graduated cum laude in 2005 with a major in Learning and Visitor Studies, Merel founded the website www.museumeducatie.nl, an online resource on museum education, visitor participation and experience. She continued with a second degree in Language and Culture Studies with a major in Early Modern History and an MA Museum Studies at the University of Leicester where she did the special option Digital Media and Curatorship. Since 2003 Merel has been working in the education and collections departments of various museums in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. As well as her work for her website, Merel currently works as a research assistant for the LIVE!Museum project and as a voluntary research assistant in the Science Museum. She is also the archivist of St. Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch, London and works as a workshop assistant for Eastside Educational Trust on a project basis.

Giasemi Vavoula
Giasemi is RCUK Academic Fellow at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK. She has a background in Computer Science (BSc) and Human-Centred Computer Systems (MSc), while her doctoral research at the University of Birmingham, UK, focused on the design of personal lifelong learning organisers. Her research interests presently focus on technology-enhanced museum learning; tools and methods for mobile and informal learning evaluation and research; and the learning potential of the co-creation and co-interpretation of cultural content. For more information about Giasemi’s research please click here.

Elena Villaespesa
Elena Villaespesa holds a BA in Business Administration and a MA in Arts & Culture Management. Elena worked at the Education & Research Department at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid building a new website for the department based on web 2.0 technologies and giving administrative and organisational support to other activities of the department. She worked as Administration Manager at the Curatorial Department at Tate Modern. She is currently doing an internship at Tate Online and will start a PhD on Digital Heritage at the University of Leicester in October.

Jenny Walklate
Jenny Walklate is a research student at the School of Museum Studies in Leicester.She has just completed the first year of my PhD study into the nature and production of temporality in the museum space. She has a variety of interests, ranging from collections management processes, object theory, architecture, exhibition design, history and literature.She is a member of MCG and MEG, and takes great delight in learning about museological theory and practice.

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