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Philippa Carter

Postgraduate Research Student


I am a PhD student in Geography, joint supervised by Media, Culture, Heritage. My background is in heritage studies, I have an MA in Heritage Education & Interpretation (Newcastle University), and I have worked in the heritage sector both for grant funders and as a consultant. My undergraduate degree is in History (University of Edinburgh).

Supervisors: Prof. Alastair Bonnett, Dr Helen Jarvis, Prof. Rhiannon Mason


My PhD research focuses on the ways in which landscapes are valued as heritage by communities and across generations. Working in collaboration with the Land of Oak & Iron Landscape Partnership, the project will explore the ways in which people understand and engage with their local landscapes and how this is mediated by their family relationships and collective memories. In the post-industrial setting of the Derwent Valley, North East England, the project will examine the impact of changing attitudes to class, workplace and community in relation to how people experience and value the landscape. My research questions are as follows:

How do intergenerational relationships and memories shape understanding of the Derwent Valley as a heritage landscape?

How are these understandings influenced by changing notions of class and community between generations?

Can theories of post memory and/or nostalgia be applied to these narratives in order to understand the relationship between communities and landscape?

The project will enable a deeper understanding of the processes of memory and heritage construction at play within the context of landscape scale heritage projects. It will contribute to policy and practice within the Land of Oak & Iron Landscape Partnership and heritage projects more widely, illuminating the feelings and motivations of communities towards large scale projects and suggesting strategies for increasing impact and engagement.

Other roles:

Research Assistant: PICH (The Impact of Urban Planning and Governance Reform on the Historic Built Environment and Intangible Cultural Heritage)  School of Architecture Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University

November 2017 - January 2018


Landscapes, Royal Geographical Society and PLACE joint conference, York St. John University, November 2017    Presentation: 'Experiencing nostalgia in 'lost' landscapes'

Heritage Studies: Critical Approaches and New Directions, AHRC Heritage Priority Area Conference, British Academy, October 2017   Presentation: 'The landscape of the familiar: continuity and discontinuity through 'renaturing''

Media Culture Heritage Seminar Series: 'Nostalgia: a ‘connective tissue’ for heritage and/or an aide to late capitalism?' Newcastle University, June 2017   Presentation: ‘Encountering nostalgia in the Land of Oak and Iron’


Postgraduate Teaching Assistant - MA Heritage Studies Modules:

  • MCH8511 Working on a Project
  • MCH8502 Managing Projects