Lorna Richardson

Lorna Richardson


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Lorna-Jane Richardson is Lecturer in Digital Humanities and Heritage in the School of Art, Media & American Studies. Her research interests and teaching are focused on digital media, cultural heritage and the intersections in between.

Before coming back to higher education as a mature student and undertaking her PhD, Lorna had worked in the archaeological sector for over a decade as a field archaeologist and community archaeologist. She has worked for a number of organisations including the Thames Discovery Programme, Wessex Archaeology, MOLA, L-P Archaeology and the Council for British Archaeology.

Building on her interest in widening participation in heritage and community archaeology, she established the Waveney Valley Community Archaeology Group in south Norfolk in 2013. She is a Trustee of the  Bungay Museum Trust as part of the UEA Civic University project, and also volunteers as the Curator of Bungay Museum in the Waveney Valley.



Academic Background

Lorna's PhD (2014), funded by the AHRC, is from the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, titled 'Public Archaeology in a Digital Age'. She also has an MA in Public Archaeology and a BA in Medieval Archaeology from the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

Prior to joining the UEA in 2018, Lorna worked as an AHRC Creative Economy Research Fellow in the Digital Creativity Lab at the University of York, as a postdoctoral researcher in the Digital Social Studies Unit, Department of Sociology at the University of Umea, Sweden, and as an AHRC funded Researcher at the University of Cambridge.


Key Research Interests

Lorna's research focuses on the use of digital technologies to support, exclude and contain public discourse, encourage creativity, alternative ideas, lived experience, and the repurposing of expert knowledge in online communities. She has written extensively about public engagement and community participation in archaeology, especially with and through digital media.

The Invisible Women – Developing a Feminist Approach to Film Archive Metadata and Cataloguing

Lorna is Co-I on this UK-Ireland Digital Humanities project, led by UEA and the Irish Film Institute. The project intends to explore how film archives can take practical action to update, enhance and improve catalogue metadata via feminist research methodologies. By using this approach, it will reveal the hidden heritage related to women's creativity.

The Endo Project

Lorna was Co-I on 'The Endo Project', a three year research project funded by the Stiftelsen Marcus och Amalia Wallenbergs Minnesfond, with the University of Umeå, Sweden. This project aimed to understand how people suffering from endometriosis use the internet and social media to cope with their condition. This work relates to a broader research interest in how embodied health movements are using the affordances of digital media to enable user-driven forms of knowledge gathering, and knowledge production, as well as peer-support practices. 

Lorna is currently working on a project centred on Stonehenge. This examines public perceptions of the site and it's importance to non-experts, using data drawn from online communities. You can access a comic about her research on Stonehenge here.





Key Responsibilities

Undergraduate Teaching:

Digital Media: Concepts, Technologies & Cultures

Digital Humanities: Theory & Practice

Digital Storytelling

Introduction to Archaeology 

Postgraduate Teaching:

Critical Perspectives in Museums & Heritage

Cultural Heritage & Archiving in a Digital Age 



Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Applications are welcome for postgraduate supervision on any aspects of digital media research, including archaeology, archives, museums, digital cultural heritage, or digital humanities more broadly.

Areas of Expertise

Lorna's field of expertise is focused on issues of public engagement with archaeology and cultural heritage, especially through digital media.

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


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