Tuesday 23 January 2018 – Lunchtime seminar with Caroline Claisse (C3RI PhD candidate)

Photograph courtesy of Caroline Claisse

Speaker: Caroline Claisse (C3RI PhD candidate)
Title: Transforming communities through co-designing novel experiences of heritage at a local museum – a participatory case of research through design

In this presentation, Caroline will present current research on the design and evaluation of two interactive exhibitions at the Bishops’ House museum; one of the few surviving Tudor buildings in Sheffield, now managed by a community of volunteers who constantly needs to increase interests and awareness of the place for its survival. She will unpack her design process to show how co-designing empowered the museum volunteers; pushing them beyond day-to-day management toward more creative and curatorial roles. Findings from the two interactive exhibitions will be presented to show how the work succeeded in engaging visitors in new ways with the house – through the eyes of the volunteers, which encouraged more personal and multiple forms of engagement that proved to strengthen the resilience of the community.

Image of Caroline Claisse's lunchtime research seminar. Photo by Professor Paul Chamberlain.

Image of Caroline Claisse’s lunchtime research seminar. Photo by Professor Paul Chamberlain.

Caroline is a designer and researcher specialising in developing exhibitions and interpretive works for museums. Previously, she graduated from the Royal College of Art (London) where she worked as a Visiting Lecturer and carried out research on digital technology, storytelling and creative thinking. Her MA work “The Exquisite Cabinet” was selected in 2015 by Design Council as “Ones to Watch Rethinking Reality”. Caroline is currently doing a practice-led PhD in the Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University where she explores the potential of tangible interaction and embedded technologies to engage visitors in personal and multi-sensory ways with heritage. With her research, she investigates ways of bringing technologies in historical sites where she uses participatory and design-based methods to involve local communities in co-creating novel experiences of heritage.

Caroline is supervised by Professor Daniela Petrelli (DoS), Professor Luigina Ciolfi and Nick Dulake.

Find out more about Caroline’s work here and follow her @carolineclaisse.

1.00PM – 2.00PM

See here for details of other seminars in the series.

All SHU staff and students are welcome to attend the C3RI Lunchtime Research Seminars. If you are from outside of the University and would like to attend a seminar, please email C3RI Administrator to arrange entry.