Institute of Archaeology


Paul Tourle

Sound, Heritage and the Everyday


Email: paul.tourle.10@ucl.ac.uk
Section: Heritage Studies



Sound, Heritage and the Everyday

My doctoral research explores the conceptualisation of environmental sounds and urban 'noise' as cultural heritage.

I address this topic in three ways:

  • Through fieldwork, which explores cultures of listening in a range of case study contexts (in particular within a community of homeless people in North London)
  • Through a critical analysis of a range of contemporary sound archives and museum practices linked to presenting sound
  • By using 'noise' as a paradigm through which to rethink issues of representation, profusion and expertise in contemporary museum and heritage practice.




    • BA (Honours), Combined Arts (English Literature / German), University of Durham, 2010
    • MA, Cultural Heritage Studies, UCL, 2011

    Tourle, P. (2016), Flies and Fortresses: Italo Calvino and the Live Archive, in Sounds Remote, Uniform Books / SoundCamp

    Newman, K. and Tourle, P. (2011) The Impact of Cuts on UK Museums, Museums Association

    Conference papers

    'White Noise and the 2015 British Library / National Trust crowdsourcing project, Sounds of our Shores', at

    Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism 2016, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London (paper accepted, for Nov 2016)