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Digital Archives, Built by Students, For Students

Leaving learning resources richer than when we found them.

What if today’s students created resources not just for their own use, but for future cohorts? What if each successive wave of students did the same, always leaving the collection and module richer than when they arrived? This ‘Inherited Learning’ harnesses the enthusiasm of students, the power of the social web, and the expertise of our history staff to launch an exciting new teaching and learning opportunity, and support teaching in four final year history modules at the University of Hertfordshire




This co-creation project brings together talented recent graduates from the school to work with academic staff in history, to curate digitised historical primary sources currently sprinkled widely around the web, into ‘digital collections’ with proper context. These flexible new archives are used in class and are made openly available to educators worldwide. The outputs of the project will be used year-upon-year, making them living collections and an important part of teaching and research at the University of Hertfordshire.

Advantages for Students

All student contributions are credited. Participating students develop a number of transferrable skills:

  • Develop collaboration skills
  • Contributing to a large-scale and enduring project
  • Learning about archival and information management standards
  • Conducting primary source research

Inherited Learning – Project Team

Emma Battell Lowman

Dr Emma Battell Lowman, American Pacific Rim Project Director

Dr Adam Crymble, Migrants & Minorities Project Director

Jennifer Evans

Dr Jennifer Evans, Bodies & Sexuality Project Director

Katrina Navickas

Dr Katrina Navickas, Princes and Paupers Project Director


Ms Keavy Hunnigal-Gaw, University of Hertfordshire. Teaching & Learning Assistant.

Sammy Sturgess

Ms Sammy Sturgess, University of Hertfordshire. Teaching & Learning Assistant

Inherited Learning encourages students to collaborate across the years. By contributing to living digital archives of historical materials, students benefit from the research of previous cohorts, while sharing their own findings with those that come after them.

Funding & Support

School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire
The project is grateful to a Learning and Teaching Grant from the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire (2017).

True to the spirit of the ‘Inherited Learning’ project and its ethos of benefitting from the efforts of those that came before us, the ‘Inherited Learning’ elephant logo was created by Ester Barbato, from the Noun Project and has been used under a Creative Commons license. Thank you to Ester for her contribution to our collective resources.