University of Birmingham
Dr Richard Clay is the co-director of the Digital Humanities Hub at the University of Birmingham.He has served as the academic lead for their £2.4m ERDF project, the Digital Heritage Demonstrator that ran in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust, the Library of Birmingham, the Worcestershire HIVE, and Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. The project brought together academics, cultural organisations and digital SMEs to co-create and user test multi-user, multi-touch outputs for partners’ display spaces, making use of the hardware and software based in the Hub’s £1.2m Michael Chowen Prototyping Hall. The project ran, and the Hub continues to run, monthly CAKE events (Collaboration And Knowledge Exchange – but there is actual cake too!), attended by professionals from across the three sectors and beyond, and offers business assists to SMEs. Richard was also the Principle Investigator on a £250k AHRC project, Collaborative Arts Triple Helix that enabled 19 ‘triplets’ made up an an academic, a SME and a small cultural organisation to co-develop digital prototypes. He has previously led an AHRC-funded project in partnership with the Birmingham Museums Trust, the Library of Birmingham, and the Cadbury Research Library that is a national case study for social impact (Suburban Birmingham: spaces and places, 1880-1960) and was one of the leaders of an AHRC international network that advised Tate on their 2013 exhibition, Striking Images. Since 1 September 2014, Richard has been servnig as the AHRC Commons Fellow. Like his recent BBC 4 documentary, most of Richard’s published research focuses on so-called ‘vandalism’ during the French Revolution.