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The Multisensory Museum

Primary supervisor

Jon McCormack


  • Dr Vince Dziekan

Research area


Museums are – and have always been – mixed reality spaces par excellence. Today, digital technologies extend the ways in which the wealth of material culture they contain can be interpreted and exhibited, presenting new and (previously) unimaginable ways of bringing their stories to life.

This research strand is open to speculative as well as applied investigations that explore the fullest range of multisensory and immersive experiences that museums and their collections can offer. We are particularly interested in supporting proposals that seek to extend the palette of media, design and communications beyond the visual to other senses (haptic, aural) and sensibilities.

Research may turn its investigative focus to immersive design, inclusive design, multimodality and assistive technology application. Note: Applicants may wish to reference The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Media and Communication for inspiration and to identify possible research trajectories that are of personal interest.

Required knowledge

Potential students should have a background in Design and Creative Technologies.

This is a practice-based PhD research project. 

For more information on our practice-based PhD program, please see:

Project funding


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