Dr Laura Harrison
- SGSAH AHRC Creative Economy Engagement Fellow (Archaeology)
My research is generally concerned with digital heritage, local histories, identity formation, and commemoration. My current project, 'Framing Heritage Through Play,' is an AHRC-funded postdoc that examines how game-like experiences can stimulate new forms of engagement with neglected heritage. I am developing the framework for a mobile app in collaboration with Edinburgh World Heritage, which will then be tested by community users. It is the intention of the project that this blueprint can be applied to a variety of heritage sites.
My doctoral thesis, which I completed at the University of Edinburgh in 2018, examined public commemorations of the medieval Scottish Wars of Independence from 1800 to 1939, and I chiefly became interested in the role of local identity in commemorative acts. Recent and upcoming publications include articles on the naming history of the Declaration of Arbroath, modern depictions of Sir William Wallace's longsword, and the use of the medieval past in Scottish memorials from the First World War.
I am a co-founder of the War Through Other Stuff Society, which aims to highlight alternative narratives of war to re-address our understanding of the impact of conflict, and I am currently co-editing a special issue of the journal Critical Military Studies on this theme. I also co-founded the Scottish History Network, which promotes collaboration between stakeholders of Scottish history.