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HND-284975-22

SUNY Research Foundation, Farmingdale State (Farmingdale, NY 11735-1006)
Mary P. Caulfield (Project Director: July 2021 to present)
Designing Mixed Reality Heritage Performances to Support Decolonisation of Heritage Sites

The creation of research-based performances and toolkits about the 18th century slave trade in Deerfield, Massachusetts and London for cultural heritage sites in the US and UK. The lead UK partner, Brunel University London, is requesting £247,572 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.?? 

The project asks how digital heritage performance, using in particular Mixed Reality technologies, can aid heritage sites in their endeavour to attract new audiences while critically engaging the public with under-represented voices and viewpoints of troubled European and colonial histories. To achieve this goal, the project will design and develop two innovative immersive heritage experiences combining Mixed Reality, in the form of smart glasses, and live performance at heritage sites in the UK and US focusing on under-represented stories from the 18th-century slave trade in London and Deerfield, Massachusetts. The research will further future transatlantic industry innovation by providing heritage workers, and their creative industry partners, with two toolkits to assist the design, implementation, and staff training for the use of MR immersive heritage experiences.

Participating institutions:
SUNY Research Foundation, Farmingdale State (Farmingdale, NY) - Applicant/Recipient
Brunel University London (Uxbridge, Middlesex) - Participating Institution

Project fields:
Arts, Other; British History; U.S. History

Program:
NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2022 – 2/29/2024