Lorna Richardson

Lorna Richardson


  • 2.14 Arts and Humanities Building

Accepting PhD Students

Personal profile


I am Lecturer in Digital Humanities and Heritage in the School of Art, Media & American Studies, specializing in digital media's impact on engagement, archaeology, and cultural heritage.

My research concentrates on the transformative role of digital and social media in public discourse. I am particularly interested in how digital society can lead to the repurposing of expert knowledge in online spaces, and how non-experts negotiate relationships with expertise in these spaces.  My current research explores digital media's potential to reshape this relationship through public engagement and multimedia storytelling.


Academic Background

My PhD was awarded by UCL Centre for Digital Humanities/Institute of Archaeology in 2014. This research was funded by the AHRC and was titled 'Public Archaeology in a Digital Age'. I have an MA in Public Archaeology and a BA in Medieval Archaeology from the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

I joined the UEA in 2018. Before that I was an AHRC Creative Economy Research Fellow at the Digital Creativity Lab at the University of York, working on the "Data, Diversity and Inequality in the Creative Industries" project.

I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Digital Social Studies Unit, Department of Sociology at the University of Umea, Sweden from 2015-2017, on a project examining digital media and public archaeology.

In 2013 I worked as a Research Fellow as part of the Connecting with Collections project at the University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology, and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. This was funded by the University of Cambridge, AHRC and Arts Council England.


Key Research Interests

My academic research explores the ways digital media platforms empower alternative ideas, encourage creativity, and challenge traditional knowledge paradigms. My work on social media's influence in public engagement and community participation in archaeology has contributed significantly to the field. 

I am Co-Investigator on the UK-Ireland Digital Humanities project, "The Invisible Women," led by UEA and the Irish Film Institute. This utilizes feminist research methodologies to revolutionize film archive catalog metadata, revealing hidden aspects of women's creative heritage. I was previously Co-I on "The Endo Project" in collaboration with the University of Umeå, Sweden from 2019-2021. This examined how individuals with endometriosis use digital media for information sharing, coping and mutual support.
I am a fully-trained Wikimedian, and I am keen to connect cultural heritage institutions with Wikipedia and other Wikimedia platforms.
I am working on a number of public archaeology projects which focus on the reception of archaeology, through the use of archaeological material, sites or representations in public media. One, on Stonehenge,  analyzes the interplay of digital media and public perceptions of the site, drawing upon data from online communities to reevaluate the importance of this iconic monument to non-expert audiences. You can download a comic about my research on Stonehenge here.





Key Responsibilities

I teach a range of modules that explore the intersection of digital media and the creative industries, including cultural heritage. My teaching philosophy emphasizes hands-on learning, creativity, and critical thinking, equipping students with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate and contribute to the rapidly evolving digital landscape. I aim to foster an inclusive learning environment that encourages students to engage with diverse perspectives, challenge assumptions, and develop creative solutions to complex issues facing the digital media and heritage fields.

Undergraduate Teaching:

Approaches to Digital Media: Theory & Practice

Digital Storytelling

Introduction to Archaeology 

Postgraduate Teaching:

Digital Storytelling (PGT)

Critical Perspectives in Museums & Heritage

Cultural Heritage & Archiving in a Digital Age 



Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Prospective postgraduate students are encouraged to apply for supervision in various aspects of public archaeology or digital media research including
  • Digital media's impact on creative or cultural research and practice
  • Public archaeology
  • Critical, theoretical and methodological issues in digital media research
  • Innovative digital approaches to cultural heritage storytelling, preservation and dissemination


Areas of Expertise

My area of expertise lies at the intersection of digital media and cultural heritage, especially public engagement and storytelling. My work is focused on the creative industries, archaeology, archives, museums, and digital cultural heritage, as well as broader issues in digital and social media research. 

With over a decade of experience in the archaeological sector, I worked as a field archaeologist and community archaeologist for various organizations, including the Thames Discovery Programme, L-P Archaeology, and the Council for British Archaeology. In 2013, I established the Waveney Valley Community Archaeology Group in south Norfolk.

I am actively involved in the UEA Civic University project, through my role as Curator of Bungay Museum in the Waveney Valley, Suffolk. This work underlines my commitment to promoting greater community involvement in cultural heritage and the production of academic knowledge.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

PhD supervisor , McMaster University

17 Apr 20241 Jun 2026


  • Archaeology & Archaeological Science
  • public archaeology
  • digital heritage
  • Electronic Information Resources
  • digital humanities
  • social media
  • internet studies