CCHM1003: Digital Heritage and Digitalisation

Credits: 15


This module aims to explore the use of digitisation and digitalisation in cultural heritage sectors, using China and the UK as case studies. Students will discuss and critically analyse the advantages and disadvantages of such developments and applications, and then consider the practical issues surrounding digital collections with a focus on intangible heritage and exhibition. Many issues covered in CCHM1001 and CCHM1002 are still relevant, for example audience engagement, interpretation and what to include in (digital) collections.

The module aims to:

  • Review the existing practical guides to digital technologies and collections

  • Establish the concept of digital heritage

  • Explore the application of digital heritage in both tangible and intangible culture heritages

  • Debate the ethnic of digital heritage

  • Critical analyse digital heritage collections



Have a conceptual understanding of:

  • The impact of technological advancements on the management of cultural heritage

  • The importance of digital collections

  • The work of the British Chinese Heritage Centre, a cyber centre created to store the information collected by Ming-Ai’s culture heritage projects

  • Intangible heritage at the forefront, dedicated collections based on oral history

  • Different ways intangible heritage can be managed in practice

  • The advantages and disadvantages of using digital collections

  • Engaging the public using social media

  • The issues surrounding Chinese heritage and digital collections

  • The ethical issues surrounding digital collections

  • Digital copyright and heritage organisations


  • Ability to identify key issues surrounding digital collections

  • Ability to critically analyse existing digital collections and make creative suggestions for improvement

  • Explore how digital technologies are used to present heritage information

  • Ability to design a strategy for a digital collection and critically access issues including what to include, visitors’ participation and interpretation and public engagement

  • How to collect and manage intangible heritage materials e.g. an oral history recording and edit them for use within the digital collection

  • Confidence in using digital technologies and experience of using digital and internet technologies in disseminating, publishing and archiving heritage information


  • Use of IT and technology in museums

  • Intangible heritage (focus)

  • Tangible heritage – digitalisation of records, creating interactive sites where people can explore online, creating interactive resources at sites themselves

  • Oral history projects – collect and store culture and memories digitally

  • Digital collections – what are they, how are they designed and managed etc

  • Chinese heritage – existing methods and ideas about future use of technology


Students will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, guest lectures, workshops and visits.


Coursework 1 (40%) & Coursework 2 (60%)

Total: 100 %