Doctoral StudentDepartment of Literature, History of Ideas, and
About William Illsley
William is an archaeologist and PhD candidate studying the digital methods through which the public encounters the historic environment. He received his BA in archaeology from the University of Sheffield and an MA in prehistoric archaeology from Durham University. He previously worked as an archaeologist in the UK and have also collaborated in both a research and a pedagogical context with a bioarchaeological field school in Romania. His research interests include the prehistory of the Balkans and Northern Europe, digital applications in heritage and cultural studies, as well as public archaeology.
As part of the CHEurope project, he will be completing my PhD in the Department for Literature, History of Ideas and Religion at the University of Gothenburg with Mats Malm as his supervisor. His project will take the form of a compilation thesis critiquing the accessibility of the digital mechanisms involved in exhibiting the historic environment. This majority of this will be an enquiry into Gothenburg’s urban historic environment and its digital reconstruction with the Gothenburg City Museum. This will be supplemented with comparative assessments of Swedish and English historic environment records and an analysis of the sociology of historic environment records utilising Bruno Latour’s actor network theory.
Göteborgs Födelse (The Birth of Gothenburg). Permanent Exhibition, Gothenburg City Museum, Gothenburg,
Nordisk Museologi - 2020-01-01
Problematising the Historic Environment Record: Comments on Persistent Issues in England and
Conservation and Management of Archeological Sites - 2019-01-01