A Sonic Palimpsest: Revisiting Chatham Historic Dockyards

The Centre for Music and Audio Technology are pleased to announce their new research project, A Sonic Palimpsest: Revisiting Chatham Historic Dockyards. This major Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project started in September 2020 and is running until the end of 2022. It aims to recreate soundscapes of the past and explore the use of sound in heritage contexts. The project emanates from soundscape studies and will examine the sound environments of past incarnations of the Chatham Historic Dockyard.

The project seeks to investigate the role of sound in influencing our experience of spaces and places, focusing on heritage sites and using the Chatham Historic Dockyard as a case study. This project will explore how sound can be utilised within heritage contexts to immerse and engage members of the public, providing alternative interpretations of space and place through aural means and revealing new forms of engagement with significant sites.

The project team consists of Principal Investigator, Dr Aki Pasoulas, Co-Investigator, Dr Andrew Knight-Hill and Research Associate, Dr Brona Martin. Partners of this exciting new research project are AHRC, Chatham Historic Dockyard and Canterbury Academy.