The Heritage Jam is organised by the members of the Department of Archaeology and the Centre for Digital Heritage, and is kindly funded by the Department of Archaeology of the University of York.

If you would like to get in touch, you can email If you would like to be involved in the current or future planning of The Heritage Jam, please contact Dr. Sara Perry or Tara Copplestone.

The 2017 Team Includes:

Tara Copplestone

Tara is a PhD student in Digital Heritage on a co-signed degree between the University of York and Aarhus University. Her current research investigates the potential of the video-game media form for documenting, analysing and displaying archaeological objects, places, practices and theory. Tara's previous research focused on the interaction between archaeological sectors and the game development industry. Tara joined the Heritage Jam team in 2015 as the event coordinator. You can see some of Tara's work on her website and blog

Isobel Christian

Isobel is second year undergraduate student in Archaeology and Heritage at the University of York. Isobel has a keen interest in digital creativity and digital heritage, having made a video game with her fellow coursemates for their digital heritage field school at the end of their first year.  She joins the Heritage Jam team in 2017 as the social media manager. You can see more of Isobel's work on the Derventio Brigantum website:

L. Meghan Dennis

Meghan is a PhD student in Digital Archaeological Ethics at the University of York. Her research focuses on the real-world results of the interplay between archaeological ethics in archaeological practice and archaeological ethics as represented in video-games and spaces of digital play. Meghan has previously worked in cultural resource management, historic preservation, and research-based archaeology, as well as in online gaming as a content developer and community manager. She taught at the secondary and collegiate levels, ran her own archaeological consulting firm, and served as a community advisor regarding historic preservation compliance. Meghan’s current work can be found in on her project website.

Dr. Sara Perry

Sara is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Heritage Management at the University of York, one of the project leads on the EU-funded EMOTIVE Project and Director of the Visualisation Team at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük. Her research centres on the relationship between imagery, media and knowledge-making in archaeology, particularly the capacity for different forms of presentation to create, elaborate and disrupt the discipline.  Sara has been involved in several archaeological projects with a visualisation research focus, including the USAID-funded Memphis Egypt Site and Community Development Project, the English-Heritage funded Visualisation in Archaeology projectthe Alan Sorrell project, the Seeing, Thinking, Doing project, the Urban Cultural Heritage and Creative Practice Collaborative, and the Portus Project showcase

Dr. Colleen Morgan

Colleen is Lecturer in Digital Archaeology and Heritage at the University of York Archaeology Department, and previously Research Fellow for the Centre for Digital Heritage & Research Fellow for the Marie Curie Eurotast project, responsible for the dissemination of new research evidence on the history and contemporary legacies of the transatlantic slave trade. Colleen’s PhD focused on the ways in which digital media (such as digital photography, video, mobile, and locational devices) can be used to facilitate archaeological narratives, with a view to cultivating a more multi-vocal, reflexive, and emancipatory cultural heritage practice. Colleen has worked as both a field archaeologist and a digital specialist in the USA (Hawaii, California, Texas), England, Turkey, Jordan, Greece, and Qatar on sites ranging from 9,000 to 100 years old.

Leeds Museums and Galleries 

Kat Baxter, John Donegan, and Yvonne Hardman are our primary partners at Leeds Museums and Galleries. 

Our principal partner, who has made the Heritage Jam possible, is the University of York's Department of Archaeology. 

Our principal partner, who has made the Heritage Jam possible, is the University of York's Department of Archaeology. 


Additional Organisers and Contributors Include:

Ian Kirkpatrick

Ian is a contemporary artist and graphic designer currently based at East Street Studios in Leeds, UK.  Since 2008 Ian has exhibited his work across the UK and internationally, with shows in Montreal, New Orleans, London, Berlin, Rotterdam, New York and Chicago.  He recently completed a project funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, for which he crafted several large sculptural works.

Neil Gevaux

Neil is the Computing Officer for the University of York archeology department. With a BSc in Archaeology from Bournemouth University, Neil has since worked as a researcher on the English Heritage funded Archaeological Investigations Project, and as an archivist for the Archaeology Data Service and Internet Archaeology, the latter by way of an IFA/HLF funded Training Bursary. Neil is now in charge of the running and maintenance of the computational facilities at the King's Manor.

Tom Smith

Tom Smith is Collaborative Software Specialist at the University of York. His work involves devising new ways of cooperating and helping people to explore new tools and technologies. His interests include user-centred design, visual thinking and visual programming, and the democratisation of access to tools. Tom's early work in educational technology research, involved developing tools to support online communities before the dawn of the web, and in 1997 he was invited to work with Apple's Advanced Technology Group in Cupertino.  Here Tom worked to create a tool for students to use Apple's mobile device, the eMate, to collaboratively collect bird-watching data and visualise the results. This project became the basis of, the world's largest educational community involving kids from all around the world, sponsored by Oracle. 

Patrick Gibbs

Patrick graduated from the University of York with an MSc in Archaeological Information Systems, and has worked for the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture since 2003. He provides design and technical expertise for the creation of C&C's digital resources. He also specialises in developing on-site digital interpretation schemes for churches and visitor attractions, and is a director of Heritage Technology Ltd.

Florence Laino

Flo was a Master's student of the University of York's archaeology department, who completed her undergraduate in Historical Archaeology also at York, and recently finished her MSc in Digital Heritage. Flo is currently heading The Heritage York Project, a student-led, heritage community project which promotes the shared enjoyment and awareness of cultural heritage interests through research driven events, exhibition and art. Flo was responsible for setting up the initial online and social media content relating to The Heritage Jam.

Dr. Julie Rugg

Julie is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Housing Policy, at the University of York. Alongside this fellowship, she heads the Cemetery Research Group, which investigates both historic and modern day cemetery conservation policy. The principal aim of the CRG is to expand an understanding of current and past burial culture in the modern period in the UK, by studying the ways in which social, emotional and religious concerns have interacted with economic and political imperatives, in order to frame burial practice. Julie was instumental in implementing and facilitating the 2014 Heritage Jam theme of "Burial".

Dr. Anthony Masinton

Anthony is the Design and Technical Editor for the Centre for Christianity and Culture at the University of York. Specialising in Medieval Archaeology, his doctoral work examined late medieval relationships between God and man in English parish churches.

Prior to his current role, Anthony served as the Computing Officer in the University of York Archaeology department, developing the use of computer modeling techniques to assist research into the use of space in historic buildings. He has particular expertise in buildings survey, Computer-Aided-Design, virtual reality modeling, and mobile app development. His most recent visualisation projects include the modeling of the interior of the Guild Chapel, Stratford-upon-Avon, and also St. Stephen’s Chapel, Westminster.

Dr. Gareth Beale

Gareth is a research fellow at the Centre for Digital Heritage, based at the University of York. Specialising in archaeological computing, he completed his doctoral research at the University of Southampton on the application of 3D computer graphics and digital recording to analyse and produce hypothetical visualisations of painted Roman statuary from Herculaneum. Gareth has worked on several prominent archaeological projects around the world, including the Portus project, and the JISC Datapool project, and currently co-directs the Basing House Community Archaeology project, as well as the Re-Reading the British Memorial Project. His research interests include early modern archaeology, archaeological imaging, and image data management in archaeology.

Nicole Beale

Nicole is a CHASE Going Digital Scholar, studying for a PhD with the University of Southampton’s Web Science Doctoral Training Centre and the Archaeological Computing Research Group. Her doctoral research concerns the use of the Internet to improve access to cultural heritage, particularly through open data initiatives, social media, and the application of low-cost technology solutions for museums and public archaeology projects. Nicole is a co-Director of the Basing House Project, and the Re-Reading the British Memorial Project.