Founded in 2010, the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities (UCLDH) is a cross-faculty research centre, bringing together a vibrant network of people who teach and research in a wide range of disciplines.
Reporting to both UCL's Engineering and Arts and Humanities faculties, UCLDH draws on UCL's world-class research strength especially in information studies, computing science, and the arts and humanities. It supports and coordinates work in many institutional settings throughout the university, including the library services, museums and collections. UCLDH offers a research-led MA/MSc in digital humanities, which admits students with a background in either the arts and humanities or the sciences and engineering. Many of the options from the MA/MSc are also available as short courses. We also advise a number of PhD students working in a range of research areas.
The research facilitated by UCLDH takes place at the intersection of digital technologies and humanities. It produces applications and models that make possible new kinds of research, both in the humanities disciplines and in computer science and its applied technologies. It also studies the impact of these techniques on cultural heritage, museums, libraries, archives, and culture at large. Over the past five years, UCLDH has been involved in many ground-breaking research projects, some of which have won major awards.
UCLDH has close working relationships across the university and beyond.
Arts and Humanities
The UCLDH team includes many academics in UCL's Faculty of Arts and Humanities, working closely with UCL Information Studies, and UCL School of European Languages, Culture & Society. Across UCL, we advise and support those who wish to use digital methods in their humanities research, providing training and advice on these methods. We liaise with many services in college, working closely with UCL Creative and Media Service, and UCL Research Computing. In addition, we support arts and humanities scholars in finding technical and heritage partners, and aid in project scoping and planning.
The UCLDH team includes many academics in UCL's Faculty of Engineering, and works closely with UCL Computer Science, UCL Medical Physics and BioEngineering, and UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. We are among the few digital humanities centres whose research involves a full range of computational science methods, with a particular specialization in imaging of cultural heritage. We provide training and advice for those in the computational sciences who wish to work on research questions in the arts and humanities, or, more broadly framed, culture and heritage. We provide a link to researchers in Arts and Humanities and can provide advice in finding project partners, and in understanding the needs of researchers in the arts and humanities.
Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums
UCLDH works closely with UCL Public and Cultural Engagement and has undertaken projects with many of the collections at UCL, including UCL Petrie Museum, UCL Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL Art Museum, and UCL Library and Special Collections. We embed materials from the collections in our teaching and our research, and work closely with our professional colleagues in these collections on scoping and supporting research projects. We also work closely with other heritage organisations both in London and beyond, and provide advice and consultancy on the use of digital methods to cultural and heritage organisations throughout the country.
We're pleased to work with a wide range of partners around UCL: for example we have a fruitful ongoing relationship with the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. We encourage you to contact us for any queries or suggestions you may have!