Heritage Interactions


Contemporary art practice has relevance in the museum and heritage sector. In recent years there has been a growing tendency for museums to invite artists as guest curators and performers to encourage new ways of thinking about the museum and its collections. Also, heritage spaces have experimented with sound installations and commissions from sound artists to encourage audiences to explore built and landscape environments with fresh ears.

In addition, memory and place-making projects have engaged practitioners and audiences to connect with museum and heritage sites and explore relationships between contemporary issues of identity with past dimensions. These collaborations have produced thought-provoking exhibitions and events, which challenge museum conventions while citing new creative possibilities for heritage institutions and the historic environment. 


Five Sisters


‌Five Sisters is a collaborative installation by artists Emma Biggs and Matthew Collings. See more about the artwork, including interviews with the artists, and the IPUP documentary about its creation.

I Hear Too

‌I Hear Too is a research network project working in partnership between IPUP and the University’s Audio Lab where we have an AHRC/EPSRC funded network to develop a research cluster to explore how audio and acoustics research can be employed in interpretation, understanding and representation of heritage materials and artefacts. Research network meetings are with our partners at National Railway Museum, the British Library Sound Archive, & Arup Technologies.

Minster Voices

‌Minster Voices is a research project working in partnership with York Minster Revealed to record sounds and ethnographies of the minster workers who clean, maintain, fix and renovate the building. These audio recordings have been edited in to a sound poem by Helen Weinstein and Jon Calver for a sound installation performance, and will also be integrated in to the interpretation at York Minster.

Stories of the Stones

‌Stories of the Stones is a research project that IPUP is developing with our colleagues in the University’s Electronics Department, in partnership with Arup Technologies and the York Museum Trust. The project will develop research and improve understanding of the Abbey Precinct and add an acoustic component, allowing audiences to experience and explore the ruin site using a new integration of visual and acoustic technologies.