The Materiality, Artefacts & Technologies in Culture & History Faculty Research Group generates, coordinates, and elevates multi-strand material culture research at Newcastle University. Our vision is to create an international centre of excellence for material culture research of global scope, rooted within the North-East of England but open to the world. We strive to:
- Provide a catalyst to develop material culture research cutting across Schools and subjects within the HaSS Faculty and wider University.
- Foster networking, interaction and debate around themes of Materiality, Artefacts, and Technology that embrace all times and places within human culture worldwide, in collaboration with the HaSS Research Institutes, Centres and Groups.
- Coordinate international material culture research and expertise located in the North-East of England including Northumbria University, Durham University, the University of Sunderland, English Heritage, the National Trust, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, and the National Glass Centre.
- Attract outstanding doctoral candidates, support their funding applications, and provide them with world-class training and career development opportunities.
We run an interdisciplinary Reading Group, open to postgraduates and staff from across the University and covering an extraordinarily wide range of material culture topics suggested by participants. The Group is managed by MATCH Steering Committee member Bridget Kennedy.