For over 20 years I’ve been investigating the commercial and educational opportunities presented by interactive digital content. This originally involved working with a dedicated team of research practitioners at the International Centre for Digital Content. During this period I produced a range of commercial interactive titles across a variety of media platforms including web, mobile and public kiosk displays. This commercial and informed practice based approach led to my involvement in the development of a number of undergraduate and post-graduate programmes.
My current research interests have centred on the themes of social inclusion and community participation, particularly with regard to the creative representation of historical archives. I’ve recently been involved a successful Heritage Lottery bid involving the participation of local community groups across Merseyside sharing memories of days out to the British seaside. This has resulted in the creation of an online resource of digital stories and a curated exhibition of photographs at the Museum of Liverpool.
Project work and commercial undertakings:
Our Day Out Memories: Reflections on the Archives of Keith Medley (2014)
MiHealth A Personalised Web Service for Breast Cancer Patients (2005)
Eurocitizen On-Line Game of Knowledge MLS Greece/Agentscape Germany/University of Barcelona/Aristotle University Thessaloniki/Total Language Solutions UK/LJMU ICDC (2003)
Liverpool FC Interactive / Liverpool FC Interactive Museum Display Installation Liverpool FC / LJMU (2000)
Audubon Birds of America, Interactive display of 19th century of life sized illustrations (2000)
Planet Shape / Planet Number Maths World Key Stages 3 and 4, Abllac/LJMU (1999)
SciNet Online Science Web Resource (1998)
Six Lost Scientists Interactive Scientific Challenge and Investigation, Abiac Learning Works / LJMU ICDC (1997)
Riesco Collection of Chinese Ceramics pre-Tang to the Qing Dynasty, Croydon Clocktower Museum / LJMU (1995)
Cammell Lairds Shipyard 1940 – 1994 Interactive Museum Installation / Website Williamson Art Gallery and Museum / LJMU Learning Methods (1995)
CytoFocus – Interactive Cytology Training Package, CellPath / LJMU (1993)
2001, University of Salford, United Kingdom, Masters (part-time)
1995, Open University, United Kingdom, Bachelor of Science (part-time)
Senior Lecturer, Media Production, Liverpool John Moores University, 1999 - present
Engagement & Impact
Conference name: The Storymaking Symposium was a one day Symposium organized in collaboration with the ICC (Institute of Cultural Capital) and supported by the MeCCSA Practice Network., Position: Conference organiser, URL: https://storymakingblog.wordpress.com/
Title of presentation: Our Day Out Memories from the Keith Medley Archive, Conference title: Mix 03 Writing Digital, Place/location of conference: Bath Spa University, Presentation type: Oral presentation
Title of presentation: Our Day Out Reflections on the Keith Medley Archive, Conference title: International Visual Methods Conference 2015, Place/location of conference: University of Brighton, Presentation type: Oral presentation
Other invited event:
Title of event: Mix 03 Writing Digital, Location: Bath Spa Universirty, Description: MIX DIGITAL has established itself as an innovative forum for the discussion and exploration of writing and technology, attracting an international cohort of contributors from the UK, Australia, and Europe as well as North and South America.
Title of event: Siver Stories Conference 2015, Location: Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal, Description: The “Silver Stories International Conference” hosted by the School of Health Sciences (ESSLei), of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPLeiria), was held o from May 26 to 27 2015, at the IPLeiria campus, Leiria, Portugal. The programme of the meeting brought together work and research developed by a partnership of nine organizations, from six countries (Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and United Kingdom). This The conference is the culmination of a 2-year project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission, and focuses on the use of Digital Storytelling within the context of the elderly and within community contexts. We were invited to submit a conference paper presenting the findings of the Our Day Out project which engaged older peoples’ groups across Merseyside in collecting and sharing memories of days out to the British seaside. Central to project design was the use of images from the Keith Medley Archive, held by Liverpool John Moores University’s Special Collections.
Title of event: Recording Leisure Lives: Places and Spaces of Leisure in 20th Century Britain, Location: Mass Observation Archive, University of Sussex, Description: The seventh annual Recording Leisure Lives conference held at the Mass Observation Archive at Falmer, Brighton. Inspired by Mass Observation’s Worktown project. It addresses leisure in 20th century Britain under the themes of place and space. The Conference is presented by the Centre for Worktown Studies at the University of Bolton, University Centre at Blackburn College and the Mass Observation Archive. We were Invited to present a paper detailing our research with archives and local community organisations
Research Grants Awarded:
Heritage Lottery Fund, Our Day Out, Grant value (£): 8500, Duration of research project: One Year
Title of qualification gained: PgCert (Part Time) Liverpool John Moores University