Masters in Heritage Studies

2020 has been a funny year. Our lives have been disrupted in ways we couldn’t have imagined. Last year I embarked on a Masters in Heritage Studies. I have wanted to do a Masters for a few years and it seemed like a good time to do it. I have to say, it kept me very busy during lockdown and it was made quite a bit harder by the Covid restrictions. I have finished it now and I am just awaiting my final mark. I’ve met so many lovely people, university staff and fellow students. It has been a great experience. My dissertation ‘Doing heritage in Northumberland: the effect of long term relationships with heritage sites on wellbeing, identity and ontological security’ is about the benefits people gain from visiting a heritage site regularly over a period of years, how they enjoy taking their friends, imagine the lives of the people who lived at these sites long ago and how their visits have become ritualised, perhaps more like a pilgrimage than a day out. If you would like to know more about my research, please contact me I would be happy to discuss it. I will be giving a talk at the Heritage Experience Initiative Student Conference hosted by the University of Oslo on the 24 October. The Conference is a collaboration between the University of Oslo, the University of Gothenburg and Newcastle University.

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