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Name: Amy Hondsmerk

PhD: Museum and Heritage Studies

Thesis Title: Playing with Interpretation: The Video Game in the Museum Sector.

(working title)


Thesis Description:

My PhD will critically examine the prospective role of video games in the museum and heritage sector, focusing specifically on their potential as tools for interpretation. In particular, the research will focus on exploring how interpretation is understood and variously undertaken within the museum and heritage sector, how video games are suited to act as tools for interpretation, and the ways in which video games can contribute to the museums sector's development and design of digital tools for interpretation.


Supervisors and Institution(s):

Dr Duncan Grewcock (Nottingham Trent University)
Dr Jan-Noël Thon (University of Nottingham)


Previous Education:

History BA (Hons), First Class - University of Nottingham
Museum and Heritage Development MA, Distinction - Nottingham Trent University


SAF Rep for NTU


Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:


  • Presented an award winning poster at the East Midlands Doctoral Research Conference 11/09/19 (awarded highly commended in the best poster category).
  • Speaker in the 'Show and Tell' session and attendee of the Digital Cultures Research Network academic retreat 10-12/07/19.
  • Presented a poster at the 2nd Global Heritage Showcase on 04/07/19.
  • Attended the Museums Association 'Museum Tech 2019: A Digital Festival for Museums' conference on 27/06/19.
  • Attended the M4C Research Festival on 23/05/19.
  • Attended the NTU Doctoral Students’ Research Festival on 29/03/19.
  • Speaker at the NTU History and Heritage Research Seminar on 20/03/19.
  • Attended the Engaging with Nottingham Castle Future: Virtual Platforms & Public Engagement with Nottingham Castle User Groups Workshop and Seminar run by The Centre for Architecture, Urbanism & Global Heritage Nottingham Trent University in partnership with Nottingham Castle Trust & Nottingham City Council on 13/02/19.


  • Contributed content and planning to 'Canalside Curiosities' - a visual collage of Nottingham’s hidden waterway heritage by MA Museum & Heritage Development students from Nottingham Trent University in collaboration with the Canalside Heritage Centre, Canal & River Trust, Waterfront pub and Wildstrawberry - as part of Nottingham's Light Night 2017.
  • Shortlister for the East Midlands Heritage Awards 2017.


  • Attended the 2016 Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum Conference and Awards and showcased my 'Manifesto' for the museum of the future - which took the form of an interactive game - during the exhibition viewing.

Professional Memberships:

Museums Association (UK)


Other Research Interests:

  • Museum Interpretation (especially artistic or non-traditional forms of interpretation)
  • Creative Practice as Research
  • Video Games
  • Informal/Playful Learning


University email address:

LinkedIn: Amy Hondsmerk  

Museums and Heritage Experience: 

Heritage Associate with Culture Syndicates CIC (2015-Present)
Outreach and 'Pop Up Museum' Intern with Mansfield Museum (2016)
Visitor Services Assistant at the Brewhouse Yard Museum (2014-15)

More details here!

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