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Amy Hondsmerk

Cultural and Museum Studies, Nottingham Trent University

Thesis title:

Engagement, Learning and Creative Interpretation: The Videogame in the Museum Sector

Working Title: Playing With Interpretation: The Video Game in the Museum and Heritage Sector

My thesis will critically examine the prospective role of video games in the museum and heritage sector, focussing specifically on their potential as tools for interpretation. It will explore how video games and museum interpretation interact with ideas of narrative/storytelling, emotion/affect, and persuasive/procedural rhetoric in order to study how video game affordances might be able to resolve issues in modern museum interpretive techniques.

Research Area

  • Cultural and Museum Studies
  • Heritage Management


  • Review of 'The Present and Future of Games and History'  symposium - upcoming


  • NTU Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference 02/12/19 - Poster Presentation
  • EmDoc 2019 11/09/19 - Poster Presentation (poster awarded highly commended in the best poster category)
  • 2nd Global Heritage Conference 04/07/19 - Poster Presentation

Public Engagement & Impact

  • Fieldwork with Nottingham Castle game projects (upcoming)
  • DCRN Retreat 2019 (10-12/07/19) - Attendee and Speaker at the 'Show and Tell' session
  • NTU History and Heritage Research Seminar (20/03/19) - Speaker

Other Conferences/Workshops Attended:

  • The Present and Future of Games and History (28/02/20)
  • NTU History Postgraduate Conference (13/11/19)
  • Musems Association: Museum Tech 2019 (27/06/19)
  • M4C Research Conference 2019 (23/05/19)
  • NTU Doctoral Students' Research Festival (29/03/19)
  • Engaging with Nottingham Castle Future: Virtual Platforms & Public Engagement with Nottingham Castle User Groups Workshop (13/02/19)
CDF Involvement:
  • Connecting the Pipeline (co-applicant) - successful
  • Digital Culture 2020 Conference (co-applicant) - successful
  • DCRN Academic Retreat (co-applicant) - successful

Other Research Interests

  • Playful/informal learning
  • Creative practice as research
  • Video games
  • Cognitive theory
  • Digital cultures


Professional Training and Development

  • M4C Student Advisory Forum representative for NTU (2019/2020)
  • Lifting the Lid on the Creative and Cultural Industries (16/10/19)
  • Teacher Training at NTU (27/11/19 - 17/12/19)
  • Evaluation Training Day with Nottingham Castle for upcoming prototype testing (07/02/20)

Misplaced - MA Twine Game

My MA research project game, created with Newstead Abbey.

Try it here!