The School of History at UEA has just been awarded funding from the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme to develop a new project with the School of Computing and Norwich HEART (Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust).
The funding will allow us to develop innovative ways for people to interact with Norwich’s iconic buildings and online resources, and access historical data more easily. This will increase public access to heritage resources and benefit community bodies, educational organisations and other groups.
The KTP funding, a total of £200,000, comes from the Technology Strategy Board and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and will enable the creation of two new jobs: a research post in the School of History to undertake a comprehensive appraisal of historical resources and a computer science specialist to develop an innovative set of tools to allow more efficient access to the historical data.
Professor Tom Williamson will lead the project within the School of History and we are really excited about the potential of this project. It will allow us to pull together a large amount of existing research and make it available to the public in a novel and engaging manner. Norwich has a proud history as one of England’s foremost urban centres: this project will make that history much more widely known.