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Art History research celebrates £100,000 funding boost

Investigating historical artefacts

Academics from The Open University and the University of Chester are celebrating a £100,000 grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to partner on a new year-long project that will bring an innovative approach to exhibiting everyday historic artefacts. 

Senior Lecturer in Art History, Leah Clark, will be co-investigator on the project Mobility of Objects Across Boundaries 1000-1700 (MOB): Exhibiting, Handling and Teaching the Past through Everyday Objects, looking at the period AD 1000-1700.

The initiative will challenge perceptions of the past, exhibiting never-before-seen objects and showcasing the work of school students. An exciting element will add a new dimension to the project, with the introduction of virtual reality to bring key elements to life.

Professor John Wolfe, Associate Dean for Research, Enterprise & Scholarship was delighted to hear the news, saying:

“Congratulations to Leah and the Art History team on securing this additional funding. Their plans, along with those to incorporate Virtual Reality into this exciting exhibition, will add a vital element in bringing these fascinating everyday objects to life.”

Read more about the research behind the project.

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