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Jane-Héloïse Nancarrow

Dr Jane-Héloïse Nancarrow is a Digital Arts Project Officer with CHE and an Honorary CHE Associate Investigator (AI 2016) at The University of Western Australia (UWA), and a Research Associate of the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York. Jane-Héloïse graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (History and Politics) at UWA in 2007 and undertook an MA in Medieval Studies in 2008. She was awarded her PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of York in 2014. Jane-Héloïse's doctoral research conducted an interdisciplinary survey of standing remains of medieval buildings and twelfth-century Latin literature to understand the concept of material romanitas in post-Conquest England. Her forthcoming monograph, will be published by York Medieval Press in 2018.

In 2015, Jane-Héloïse undertook research examining Norman architectural traditions in the Apulian buildings of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. However her main research interests encompass three-dimensional digital modelling and visualisation from photogrammetry in cultural heritage. Jane-Héloïse has participated in a number of public outreach activities, including an internship with the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, consulting for the Churches Conservation Trust on the St Lawrence’s Heritage Conservation Project, presenting her doctoral research on BBC radio, and most recently, co-founding the AVRL Virtual Reality Lab at the University of Western Australia.

Jane-Héloïse’s CHE funded AI project, 'Emotions 3D:Accessing a History of Emotions through 3D Digital Museum Artefacts', fits in the ‘Shaping the Modern’ Program of the Centre. Within emotions history, Jane-Héloïse’s main research interests focus on how museums can use emerging 3D technologies to better articulate the socio-historical lives of objects.

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Emotions3D: Accessing a History of Emotions Through 3D Digital Museum Artefacts

Refereed publications


Nancarrow, J.-H. The Roman Material Past in Anglo-Norman England. Woodbridge, Boydell and Brewer, under formal contract (forthcoming).

Journal Special Issues

Marchant, A., and J.-H. Nancarrow, eds. ‘Practice, Performance, and Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Cultural Heritage’, special issue, Parergon 36.2 (2019).

Journal Articles

Nancarrow, J.-H. (forthcoming). ‘Countering the “digital uncanny”: Curatorial Post-Processing for Digital Heritage’. (in preparation; invited submission to International Journal of Cultural Heritage).

Marchant, A., and J.-H. Nancarrow. ‘Introduction: Practice, Performance, and Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Cultural Heritage’. Special issue ‘Practice, Performance and Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Heritage’, eds. A. Marchant and J.-H. Nancarrow, Parergon 36.2 (2019): 1–16.

Nancarrow, J-H. ‘Normanitas and memorial tradition in the Apulian architecture of Emperor Frederick II’. Mediterranean Studies 27.1. DOI: 10.5325/mediterraneanstu.27.1.0036.

Nancarrow, J.-H. ‘Democratizing the Digital Collection: New Players and New Pedagogies in Three-Dimensional Cultural Heritage’. Museum Worlds: Advances in Research 4 (2016): 63–77.

Book chapters

Nancarrow, J-H. ‘Wulfstan of Worcester’s weeping: the architecture of the Norman Conquest as a site of cross- cultural emotion’. In Historicising Heritage and Emotions: The Affective Histories of Blood, Stone and Land, edited by A. Marchant, pp. 34–50. London: Routledge, 2019.

Nancarrow, J.-H. ‘Emotions3D: Remediating the Digital Museum’. In The Routledge Research Companion to Digital Medieval Literature, edited by J. E. Boyle and H. J. Burgess, pp. 199–211.  London: Routledge, 2018.

Currently in preparation

Nancarrow, J.-H., C. Yang and S. Broomhall. ‘An Emotions-Informed Heritage Framework for the Digital Conservation of Heritage Landscapes: A Traditional Tunpu Village in Guizhou, China’. (in preparation for submission to International Journal of Heritage Studies).

Nancarrow, J.-H. (forthcoming 2019) ‘‘‘Spolia obscura": Hidden Heritage and Concealment as an Intangible Social Strategy’. Parergon 36.2.

Conference papers and presentations

2017 ‘Interactive Digital Technologies for History and Cultural Heritage: A Roundtable Exchange’. 17th biennial Australian and New Zealand Medieval and Early Modern Studies conference, Wellington, NZ, 7–10 February 2017.

2016 ‘Emotions 3D: Bringing Digital Heritage of Emotions to Life: A public launch'.  Public Lecture, The University of Western Australia, 8 December 2016.

2016 ‘Bishop Wulfstan’s Wailing: Negotiating the Norman Conquest Through Imperial Anglo-Romanesque Architecture’. 'Emotions: Movement, Cultural Contact and Exchange, 1100–1800' conference, Freie Universität Berlin, 30 June–2 July 2017.

2016 ‘Emotions3D: Digital Modelling for Cultural Heritage and Museums’. Work in Progress Research Seminar, The University of Western Australia, 29 April 2016.

2014 'Fragmentation, spoliation, innovation: Memorial traditions in the imperial architecture of Emperor Frederick II'. Leeds International Medieval Congress, July 2014.

2013 'Rome on the page: Twelfth-century urban descriptions and the classical past', ‘Textuality, technology, materiality in the Medieval World’, The University of Western Australia, Perth,  November 2013.

2013 '“Quam aedificia sub terra inventa": Colchester and a narrative of the Roman past', ‘Putting England in its Place: Cultural Production and Cultural Relations in the High Middle Ages’, Fordham University, New York,  March, 2013.

2013 "’Translatio imperii’: Rome and Colchester’s material culture” The Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Ninth Biennial Conference “Cultures in Translation”, Monash University, Australia. February, 2013.

2012 'The re-use of Roman material culture in the Anglo-Norman world', invited public lecture for the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group at the University of Western Australia. Trialled at the Centre for Medieval Studies, York 'Patchwork' series.

2012 'From Roman amphitheatre to Romanesque church: The transitional phases of St John’s, Chester', in the ‘Exploring Transitions in Medieval Buildings’ series, which was a collaboration with archaeology departments at York, Newcastle and Durham.

2011 'Roman Re-Cycling: The Material Record as a Topos for 12th-Century Literary Production', Leeds International Medieval Congress, July 2011.


2015 Guest Lecture: ‘The Celtic Arthur: Culhwch ac Olwen’ for MEMS 3003 Interdisciplinary Studies: The Arthurian Legend.

2012 The History and Theory of Archaeology seminar leader for the Archaeology department at the University of York.

2011 Making Histories seminar leader for the History department at the University of York.

2011 From Rome to the Renaissance seminar leader for the History department at the University of York.