Centre for Culture and Heritage

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Who we are

The Centre for Culture and Heritage is comprised of innovators passionate about showcasing our cultural heritage - past, present and future. Our mission is to be the hub of Creative Suffolk, leading contemporary research in the Arts and Humanities, linked to community engagement and impact across East Anglia and the wider world.

What we do

We pride ourselves on working with stakeholders on cultural projects that link to our commitment to being a transformational Civic University. We engage in research and knowledge exchange that has social value and impact. We prioritise community co-creation partnerships with cultural and heritage bodies via joint projects, exhibits, training, consultancy, and heritage development.  

We are focused on how cultural heritage can transform the health and well-being of individuals and groups in society. Through creative and cultural projects, underpinned by the rigour of world-leading scholarship, we celebrate sustainable heritage emphasising people, place and positive cultural change. 


  • Be a leading hub of creative excellence for innovative and collaborative research and creative projects in the Arts Humanities
  • Inspire a pride in our history and culture through research, exhibitions, events, education and outreach activities
  • Work with communities, individuals, and organisations in order to support the culture and heritage of our region
  • Foster and promote a passion for the heritage and culture of East Anglia and beyond
  • Engage with international partners and contribute to being global citizens 
  • Be the hub for Creative Suffolk 

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Our People

Professor Brian McCook

Brian is Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Vivienne Aldous

History lecturer Vivienne Aldous spent more than 20 years as a professional archivist and brings practical archival research experience to the University.

Dr Jenny Amos

Dr Jenny Amos is a socio-phonologist who specialises in modelling dialect variation, lecturing in Linguistics at the University of Suffolk.

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Nigel Ball

Nigel joined the University of Suffolk in 2007 and has held a number of roles. He currently teaches across the undergraduate Graphic Design courses.

Dr Susan Barnet

Originally from Los Angeles, Susan works across multiple media and has an MFA in film from the California Institute of the Arts.

Noel Bowler

Noel joined as a full-time lecturer in 2015. His photography has been exhibited worldwide including New York Photofestivel and Les Recontres d’Arles.

Dr Matthew Bowman

Dr Bowman is a widely-published art critic and historian. His research focuses on twentieth century and contemporary art, criticism, photography and more.

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Dr Ellen Buck

Ellen is Director of Learning and Teaching and is a member of the University's Senior Leadership Team.

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Dr Louise Carter

Louise is a Lecturer in History, whose interests include gender in Georgian society, early-modern witch hunts and the impact of war on childhood.

Dr Maximilian Drephal

Maximilian Drephal is a historian of empire. He has particular interests in the international history of modern Afghanistan and colonial South Asia.

Dr Mark Edwards

Dr. Mark Edwards is a renowned practitioner and academic with his work exhibited in major photographic collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).

Dr Ruth Flaherty

Dr Ruth Flaherty joined University of Suffolk in September 2019 as a Lecturer in Law.

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Dr John Greenacre

John is a military historian with a particular interest in 20th Century conflict.

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Dr Amanda Hodgkinson

Amanda is an award-winning internationally published novelist, journalist and writer.

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Aishani Jayasinghe

Aishani is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and a practising architect of 20 years. Originally from Sri Lanka, she has a portfolio of more than 150 projects.

Dr Darragh Martin

Darragh is Course Leader, BA (Hons) English and writes novels, plays, and stories for children.

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