Speakers and Abstracts


Keynote speakers

Dr Sarah Colley (University of Leicester)

Dr Sarah Colley is an Honorary research fellow at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester University and is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the School of Humanities, University of New England, Australia. Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Sydney for many years, she now conducts consultancy projects and has a significant track record of research publications in archaeology and cultural heritage studies. Dr Colley is currently conducting research on theoretical, ethical and other impacts of digital technologies on communication and practice in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management.


Dr Marinos Ioannides (Cyprus University of Technology / UNESCO)

Dr Marinos Ioannides is chair of the unique Digital Heritage Lab at the Cyprus University of Technology. He is UNESCO Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage and EU ERA Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage and is an active member of the EU Digital Library Europeana Network. Since 2013 he has been the coordinator of the Marie Curie Initial Training Action on Digital Heritage. From 2016 to 2019 he has coordinated the European Virtual Multimodal Museum which has as its ultimate goal the policy of the European Union in the field of Digital Cultural Heritage to be framed in the new HorizonEurope Framework Program (2021-2027).


Harry Verwayen (Europeana)

Harry Verwayen has been the Executive Director of Europeana since May 2018. He worked in academic publishing for more than a decade before joining the Amsterdam based think-tank, Kennisland, where he was responsible for business model innovation in the cultural heritage sector. He joined the Europeana Foundation in 2010, taking on responsibility for business planning, strategy development and Europeana Collections in various roles. Notably, he has worked with the Europeana Network Association on the development and implementation of industry standards, such as the Europeana Publishing Framework, and more recently on the Europeana Impact Playbook.

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Deanna Groom & Helen Rowe (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales): U-Boats: Commemorating the War at Sea, 1914-1918

The U-Boat Project 1914-18 is a collaboration between the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Bangor University and the Nautical Archaeology Society. Through a mixture of open access online material (https://uboatproject.wales/ and https://www.peoplescollection.wales/users/29486), a travelling exhibition, free public talks and activity days for the whole family, the U-Boat Project provides unprecedented access to the remains of vessels on the seabed which are part of Wales’s heritage. The research undertaken by the partners uncovers the previously untold stories about the Great War in Welsh waters.

Deanna Groom is the Royal Commission’s maritime archaeologist who has been responsible for the development of maritime record of the National Monuments Record of Wales for the past 10 years. Previous to this, she was responsible for developing the development of the maritime record of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (now Historic Environment Scotland) and the National Register of Historic Vessels funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund. The latter is now maintained by the National Historic Ships at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Helen Rowe is a qualified archivist with experience in digitisation and oral history, Helen has worked on several previous HLF funded projects, including Britain from Above during her 10 years at the Royal Commission. She has been involved extensively with People’s Collection Wales, sourcing and uploading Royal Commission content to the site and training community contributors. As Community Engagement Officer on the U-boat Project, she has been working with museums and venues around Wales to discover the local stories associated with the War at Sea.

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