Cultural Heritage Programme Meetings


Meetings Michaelmas Term 2015

On Tuesday 1 December the last meeting of the Michaelmas Term Cultural Heritage Programme ( take place in the Launchpad of the Saïd Business School (


You will be invited to join a Heritage Lab Project that will focus on Oxford as a Living Heritage Lab to develop models that can be replicated nationally and internationally.


The project builds on the AHRC Network Digital Cultural Heritage ( and will contribute to a proposal that has just been submitted to the EPSRC’s Urban Living Partnership Call ( to which CHP has applied with the Blavatnik School of Government (


Specifically the project will focus on two of Oxford’s largest and best-known heritage quarters - the Bodleian Quadrangle and the Castle Quarter. By bringing together the academic, with restricted access to the public, and the commercial, you will become familiar with the challenges both face to ‘tell their story’ while conserving heritage and generating income. Since these are global heritage challenges they are ideal forfor heritage and ideal for replicable models.


The project is small-scale, multi-disciplinary, and short - six-months, from mid-February through mid-August – enabling those on one-year courses to participate. You will combine academic research with ‘real world’ applications in writing proposals for the project, preparing your research, and presenting it in a variety of formats. One will be a series of five-minute podcasts that can be uploaded to ITunesU and other web sites. Filmed on site, at the Castle or in the Bodleian Quadrangle, it will give you an opportunity to talk to a global audience about your research, whether it is about the people and events that tell us about its past or the techniques that being used now to preserve it for future generations.


Those  participating in the project will work with senior members - Professor Donna Kurtz (Programme Coordinator), Dr Pegram Harrison and Dr Janet Smart (Saïd Business School), Dr Oliver Cox (Humanities), Dr Shahana Chattaraj (Blavatnik School of Government), Dr Shuaishuai (Geography and School of Environment). On Tuesday 1 December all will be present to welcome you and explain the project and how the Launchpad can facilitate.

The Cultural Heritage Programme thanks the Saïd Business School for supporting this initiative.




The Cultural Heritage Programme


Michaelmas Term              Tuesdays at 11

Weeks 2-7                          Radcliffe Humanities, Colin Mathews Room

Week 8                              Oxford Launchpad in the Saïd Business School


Weeks 2-7 will introduce you to heritage research across the University and to the senior members from Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Physical and Life Sciences directing it. Week 8 will take you to the Oxford LaunchPad in the Saïd Business School where you will have the opportunity to form teams to draft a one-year project application. During Hilary Term senior members will offer advice on the proposals. In Trinity Term strong proposals can be submitted to potential sources of funding within the University.


Week 2 October 20 The Cultural Heritage Programme: research opportunities and career paths


Professor Donna Kurtz, Programme Coordinator, Introduction to the Programme

Dr Andrew Fairweather-Tall, Senior Assistant Registrar (Research), Humanities Division, The role of the Humanities Division

Dr John Miles, Humanities Training Officer, Research skills

Dr Oliver Cox, Knowledge Exchange Fellow, From DPhil to the National Trust

Dr Fiona Whitehouse, Internship Office, Careers Service, Internships and global career prospects


Week 3 October 27 Global heritage – commerce and politics


Dr Pegram Harrison, Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, Commerce and heritage

Dr Oliver Cox, ‘Cultural tourism'

 Chattaraj, Blavatnik School of Government, Heritage, patrimony and government  policies


Week 4 November 3 Global heritage – environmental change, conflict and development


Professor Heather Viles, Head of the School of Geography and the Environment, Professor of Biogeomorphology and Conservation


Dr Shuaishuai He, School of Geography and the Environment



Week 5 November 10 New digital technologies for heritage research and public benefit


Professor Kurtz, Beyond digitization

John Miles, Visualizing your progress

Claire Bloomfield and Kevin McGlynn, Networks of research and impact


Week 6 November 17 Research Case Study: Digital Cultural Heritage, India and China (


Professor Kurtz, Digital Cultural Heritage with Linked Open Data

Sebastian Rahtz, the University’s Chief Data Architect, India: historical photographs in the American Institute of Indian Studies ( )

Joshua Seufert, the Bodleian Library’s HD Chung Chinese Studies Librarian, China: paintings in the China Academic Digital Associative Library (


Week 7 November 24 Research Case Study: Endangered Archaeology (

Professor Andrew Wilson, Dr Robert Bewley, Professor David Kennedy


Week 8 December 1 Launching your project

Dr Harrison and others








Archived 15/6/15

Tuesdays at 11


The Class is open to research students in the University of Oxford. It introduces them to the University’s resources for studying tangible cultural heritage – sites, monuments and objects. Senior members from Humanities, Social Sciences and Mathematics, Physical and Life Sciences, Museums and Collections give brief presentations to allow time for questions and discussions. The class has no written work and no examination. It does, however, have a social network community that was created specifically to enable students to share experiences and discuss research opportunities.


Classes take place in the University’s e-Research Centre (7 Keble Road) on Tuesdays at 11 in Weeks 1-7 of Michaelmas Term except the class on 21 October that takes place on Tuesday at 11 in the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art.



TUESDAY 14 OCTOBER Introduction

Professor Donna Kurtz (Humanities and e-Research): The Cultural Heritage Programme

Dr Oliver Cox (Humanities and History): University Knowledge-Exchange Programme, The Thames Valley Partnership

Professor Ed Herzig (Oriental Studies): cultural heritage research in Oriental Studies

Dr Paul Wordsworth (Oriental Studies): post-doctoral research opportunities


TUESDAY 21 OCTOBER Archaeological Science

This class will be held in the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and Art

Professor Mark Pollard and post-docs: archaeological science and cultural heritage


TUESDAY 28 OCTOBER Heritage Science

Professor Heather Viles (Geography) and post docs: heritage and the environment


TUESDAY 4 NOVEMBER Conservation of the University’s grounds, buildings and collections

Isobel Hughes (Director of Conservation, University Estates), Mark Norman and Daniel Bone (Ashmoleam Museum Conservation)


TUESDAY 11 NOVEMBER Management of heritage resources

Dr Pegram Harrison (Saïd Business School) and MBAs



Professor Donna Kurtz: Digital Cultural Heritage and Linked Open Data

Jessica Suess: Digital and the Visitor Experience (Oxord University Museums, Partnership Officer)

Aruna Bhaugeerutty: Eastern Art Online (Ashmolean Museum)


TUESDAY 25 November International collaboration

Dr Christopher Young (Formerly Head of International Advice, English Heritage): national and international heritage organizations

Dr Fiona Whitehouse (University Careers Office): Oxford University internship Programme, opportunities for students






Other Classes directly related to the Programme:

Engaging with the Humanities,  lunchtime talks MT2014 in Said Business School

History Faculty Research Seminar, Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

Wednesdays, 1:30 pm

Transcultural Objects: Exchanges of Ideas and Identity, c. 1000-1800

15 October - Professor Partha Mitter (Wolfson College)

An Exotic Encounter: the Gift of the first Hindu Sculpture to the Ashmolean
22 October - Dr Stephen Johnston (Museum of the History of Science)
Instruments between England and Morocco: Mathematical Exchange in 1600
29 October - Professor Giorgio Riello (University of Warwick)
Cotton Textiles as Luxuries in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Northern Europe in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
5 November - Dr Linda Baez (Warburg Institute)
New Hispanic Folding Screens: Image Generating Artifacts as Forgers of Identity
12 November - Dr Marta Ajmar (V&A)
Seeing into Things: Understanding Materiality and longue durée cross-cultural Connections in Early Modern Objects
19 November - Professor Nigel Llewellyn (Tate)
The ‘Court, Country, City’ Research Project: Britain and the World
26 November - Professor Martin Kemp (Trinity College)
The Swastika: Violated Vision
3 December - Professor Anna Contadini (SOAS)
Questions of Identity: The Ambo of Henry II and Other Complex Objects


Dr Matthew Landrus (Wolfson College and Faculty of History)

Dr Mallica Kumbera Landrus (Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology)



Material Culture of South Asia Hilary Term 2015

Modern Asian Studies

Material and Visual Culture of South Asia

(class leader: Mallica Kumbera Landrus)

Patterns of patronage that developed under Mughal and European rule in South Asia had significant consequences for visual material and culture on the Indian subcontinent.
Aware of the potential of art and architecture as means of self-representation, political powers asserted their status in diverse ways. To express multiple identities, they drew ideas from regional and trans-regional cultures. Objects and architectural sites will be examined in light of their cultural, political and socio-economic context, as well as stylistic developments, and the emergence of new ideas produced under the political authority exercised by the different religious groups. Using the collections in the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the classes will be held in an Eastern Art study room with opportunities for students to handle and view objects that represent the period and are relevant to the topic discussed each week.

Reading list

List of examination essay questions (to become available at 12.00 noon on Friday of Eighth Week of Hilary Term)




Cultural Heritage Graduate Class, Hilary Term 2014

During Hilary Term the University Engagement Programme will offer a number of museum sessions for Students of the Cultural Heritage Programme.

The Ashmolean Museum’s University Engagement Programme (UEP) was established in 2012 with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to further the partnership between the Ashmolean and the University’s faculties, and to enhance the impact of cross-disciplinary teaching and learning at Oxford. Building on the rich tradition of object teaching at Oxford in traditional subjects such as Archaeology and History of Art, the programme’s Teaching Curators foster innovative course collaborations across a wide range of departments, teaching with objects from the Museum’s world-class collections to offer valuable additional perspectives to students as they develop critical understanding of their chosen topics. The UEP is keen to engage students and faculty in the Museum, which is a great resource for almost any period of study. 


In Hilary Term classes will be offered by 


Dr Senta German


Friday 21 February 2 to 4 - Ancient Near East

Friday 28 February 2 to 4 - Aegean Bronze Age


Dr Mallica Kumbera Landrus


Thursday 6 March 2.30 to 4 - Indus Vallery (Pakistan)


Friday 14 March 3.15 to 4.45 - Gandhara (Afghanistan & Pakistan)


The size of the Study Room in the Ashmolean limits the number of students to ten. Please meet in the Randolph Sculpture Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum (on your left as you enter the museum).


Cultural Heritage Graduate Class, Michaelmas Term 2013
The Cultural Heritage Graduate Class will take place in Michaelmas Term. Senior members will invite graduate students to visit their offices to learn about the University’s many resources for the study of cultural heritage. The class has no written work and no examination. Each session will be led by one or more senior members and have two parts. In the first part students will be taken around the faculty or unit to see its facilities, in the second they will meet as a class to ask the senior member/s questions about the Programme. 
The Programme as of 25 Septmber is:
1. Introduction to the Cultural Heritage Programme                            Wednesday 16 October, 10am                        OeRC, Keble Road
Donna Kurtz, Co-ordinator of the Programme
Ed Herzig, Soudavar Professor of Persian Studies, Faculty Oriental Studies
The Programme belongs to the Humanities Division and Oriental Studies is the lead faculty. The first part of the class will be in OeRC, 7 Keble Road, the second in the Oriental Institute in Pusey Lane.
2.  Archaeology and Research Laboratory Institute of Archaeology       Tuesday 22 October, 2pm                             Research Laboratory, Dyson Perrins Building
Mark Pollard, Director of the Research Laboratory and Edward Hall Professor of Archaeological Science
The School of Archaeology is comprised of the Institute of Archaeology on Beaumont Street and the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History Art in the Dyson Perrins Building on South Parks Road. 
3. Anthropology Pitt Rivers Museum                                      THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED                                  Pitt Rivers Museum, South Parks Road
Dr Dan Hicks, Lecturer in Anthropology and Curator of Archaeology
The School of Anthropology is at 51-53 Banbury Road and Museum of Ethnography is in the Pitt Rivers Museum.
4. Conservation (sites and monuments)                                                       Tuesday 5 November, 3 pm                        Oxford Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road
Heather Viles, Professor of Biogeomorphology and Heritage Conservation
The School of Geography and the Environment is in the Oxford University Centre for the Environment (OUCE) on South Parks Road.  
5. Conservation (objects)                                                                             Thursday 14 November, 10 am                    Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Mark Norman, Head of Conservation, and Daniel Bone, Deputy Head, Ashmolean Museum
David Howell, Head of Conservation Research, Bodleian Libraries
6. Law                                                                                                           Monday  17 November, 2pm TIME CHANGE   Law Faculty, Manor Road
Dr Emily Hudson, Career Development Fellow  in Intellectual Property
The Law Faculty is in the same building as the Law Library. Its Centre for Research in Intellectual Property Rights is in St Peter’s College.
7. Digital Technologies                                                                                 Wednesday 27 November, 11am                   e-Research Centre, Keble Road
Professor Kurtz, Senior Research Fellow,  with Dr Jonathan Moffett (Ashmolean Museum) and Rahim Lakhoo (OeRC)
OeRC, the University’s e-Research Centre leads digital research, drives innovation in technology, and connects disciplines. 
8.  Management and Leadership                                                                   Monday 2 December, 2.30pm                     Said Business School, Park End Street
Dr Pegram Harrison, Fellow in Entrepreneurship
The Said Business School is fully integrated into the University, collaborates with many of its faculties and is committed to engagement with the Humanities.
An addiitonal class for those who will be in Oxford
International cultural heritage organisations                                          Monday 16 December, 11am                            OeRC, 7 Keble Road
Professor Kurtz and Dr Christopher Young (DPhil Oxon), Head of International Advice at English Heritage
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