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Heritage Filmmaking


Module leader: Colleen Morgan


Practical filmmaking is increasingly an in-demand skill for heritage academics and professionals. Short films can be used effectively to present new exhibitions, research projects, scientific papers, archaeological excavations, fund-raising, and live events, among many other applications. Short films can be presented in a variety of venues, including through social media networks, at museums, and in the classroom. In this skills module we will introduce the critical literature around heritage and archaeological filmmaking, build meaningful narratives through visual media, learn basic filmmaking techniques, and create a short film to show at an exhibition at the end of the course.


This module will introduce students to the basic principles of filmmaking for archaeology and heritage.

By engaging with heritage filmmaking, students will:

  • Understand how to frame visual arguments about the past and present
  • Create a compelling narrative about heritage or archaeology
  • Improve their media literacy and critically engage with popular tropes about archaeology and heritage
  • Become familiar with filmmaking equipment and editing software

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the students will be able to:

  • Engage with the visual media and heritage literature surrounding visual media and filmmaking
  • Critique popular, broadcast media programmes about heritage and archaeology
  • Understand important concepts such as copyright and the ethics of visual presentation
  • Create a storyboard that demonstrates a visual narrative based on research
  • Understand the use of basic film editing software
  • Understand how to use social media to present and publicize short films