Our Team

Professor Lorna Hughes

Lorna M Hughes MAE is Professor of Digital Humanities and Dean for Europe at the University of Glasgow. Her research addresses the creation of digital cultural heritage, and the use and re-use of digital collections for research, teaching, and public engagement. She has a specific interest in the conceptualisation, development, implementation and categorisation of digital methods in the humanities. She has had leading roles in over twenty funded research projects, is Chair of the Europeana Research Advisory Board, and is Vice Chair and a member of the Governing Board of EuroScience. Lorna is Principal Investigator of the Our Heritage, Our Stories project, and leader of the Archives lab.

Professor Marc Alexander

Marc Alexander is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Glasgow and is Director of the Historical Thesaurus of English. His research focuses on the study of meaning and effect in English. He has published on historical lexicology, digital humanities, political discourse from 1803 onwards, medical discourse, metaphor, astronomical names, the linguistics of colour, the history of Parliament, cognitive linguistics, and detective fiction. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Historical Society, a trustee of the Glasgow Educational and Marshall Trust, and a trustee and the Chair of the Board of Directors of Dictionaries of the Scots Language. His role as Co-Investigator on OHOS bridges the humanities and data science aspects of the project, and leads our work on language and dialect as heritage objects.

Professor Hannah Barker

Hannah Barker is Professor of British History at the University of Manchester and Director of the John Rylands Research Institute. She is a historian of business and trade, and has interests in the social history of family, gender and religion in the north of England. She currently runs the AHRC-funded projects ‘Unlocking the Mary Hamilton papers’ and ‘Faith in the Town’. She has also been involved in a number of public and community history projects spanning the eighteenth century to the present day. Her role as Co-Investigator on OHOS explores the research potential of newly exposed community content and will provide exciting case studies to encourage involvement in our growing network.

Dr Riza Batista-Navarro

Riza Batista-Navarro is a Lecturer at the School of Computer Science of the University of Manchester. She is an expert in machine learning and AI with a successful track record in automated learning from, and representation of, large-scale text collections to facilitate semantic linking and search capabilities. Her role as Co-Investigator on OHOS is to lead the design of the NLP tools and methods used in the processing and enriching of Community-Generated Digital Content.

Professor Goran Nenandic

Goran Nenadic is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Manchester and a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. His research interests are focused on natural language processing, text mining and semi-automated curation of knowledge from unstructured textual data. Goran has been working in this area since 1993. Current research projects focus on large-scale extraction and curation of biomedical information and clinical/epidemiological findings, by combining rule-based and data-driven approaches. He is also interested in processing healthcare social media. His role as Co-Investigator on OHOS is to lead the overall design and implementation of the AI pipeline by which newly-enhanced Community-Generated Digital Content is produced.

Pip Willcox

Pip Willcox (she/her) is Co-Investigator of Our Heritage, Our Stories at The National Archives (TNA), where she is Head of Research with responsibility for research strategy and delivery. She brings experience of research and practice in interdisciplinary digital scholarship, archive and library collections. Her most recent research has focused on online citizen participation in collections research, through Engaging Crowds; and in automated approaches to discovering image collections through Deep Discoveries, both funded by the AHRC’s Towards a National Collection programme. In a previous role, she directed the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School, and established the Bodleian Libraries’ Centre for Digital Scholarship.

Dr Andrew Bewsey

Andrew is a Research Software Engineer at The National Archives. He came to TNA from a PhD in Botany, where he focused on improving the ease of access to and ease of working with difficult botanical data for users of varying skill levels. His research interests include aiding access to data, and how objects or concepts can change over time. His move from Botany to The National Archives gives him the opportunity to work on new challenges in an interesting subject area, with his role on the project producing new ways of linking and accessing community-generated digital content.

Jenny Bunn

Jenny is Head of Archives Research at The National Archives and is interested in any and all forms of research that will support and inform the practice of archives and records management going forward, particularly in the face of the challenges offered by digital material and technology. Jenny worked as an archivist for over 10 years, before moving into research and education. Her role on OHOS is to provide advice and support to the Observatory team at The National Archives.

Harshad Gupta

Harshad is a Research Software Engineer at The National Archives. Prior to this appointment, Harshad worked for University of Cambridge and Imperial College London. His research interests includes Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning.

Dr Jessica Hammett

Dr Jessica Hammett is Research Associate in the History lab at the University of Manchester; she is a social and cultural historian of modern Britain and a public historian. Her research is concerned with communities and how they understand themselves and she has worked with a range of community archives (including CGDC). She is currently leading co-production projects on social housing, mental health and wellbeing, and menopause, and she collaborates with community groups, artists, archives and museums and the voluntary sector.

Dr Ewan Hannaford

Based at the University of Glasgow, Ewan Hannaford is project manager for OHOS, as well as being research assistant on the linguistics side of the project. His research examines how language can influence attitudes and behaviours, incorporating investigations of language change, stigma, media and health discourse, and large-scale linguistic analysis; his doctoral research, Representing illness and the mental/physical health divide, used corpus linguistic approaches to investigate the language of UK and US media in relation to mental and physical health conditions.

Hazel Jell (BA (Hons) ChPP MAPM)

Hazel is Agile Delivery Manager at The National Archives. She has several years’ project management experience, leading multi-disciplinary teams to deliver complex technical projects and programmes. She is interested in adapting agile methods for a research project environment, and creating a collaborative, user-focused design and development approach. Hazel is an APM Chartered Project Professional, with BA (Hons) in History. Her role on OHOS is to lead the Observatory team in the development of innovative tools and interfaces.

Dr John Moore

John is Head of Emerging Technologies Research at The National Archives. He has several years’ experience working on research projects ranging from electric vehicle mobility, energy consumption in smart cities to a home-hub product designed for data privacy. Outside of academia, John has managed the development and governance of enterprise APIs for a large organisation. His role on the project is to provide advice and support to the Observatory team at The National Archives.

Waltteri Nybom

Waltteri is a Research Software Engineer at The National Archives and a PhD student in Creative Computing at University of the Arts London on the topic of narrative personalisation. He has previously studied Classics and Cognitive Science and worked in various roles in IT and academia, and likes to combine his many interests in innovative ways.

Dr Viktor Schlegel

Viktor is a postdoctoral researcher on the OHOS project and is responsible for linking and semantically enriching disparate digital community generated content, by using state-of-the-art AI and Natural Language Processing techniques. Prior to this appointment, Viktor was working for Siemens AG. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science in 2021 at the University of Manchester.

Dr Diane Scott

Diane Scott is  based at the University of Glasgow and is the research assistant for the OHOS Archives Lab. Her research and teaching focuses on the history of reading and early book production. She is also interested in the ways digital tools and methods can shape research and engagement with written heritage. She is currently the Co-I on a RSE Network Grant ‘Digitally Exhibiting Cultural Heritage’. Diane was the research associate on the AHRC’s Digital Transformations Theme from 2016-2019 which investigated the potential and impact of digital technologies within the arts and humanities.