Dr Sarah Gambell

Dr Sarah Gambell

PhD in Information Studies at University of Glasgow. I study the value of digitisation for preserving heritage in conflict, restitution law, policy + 3D reconstruction. Twitter: @segambell

Location Glasgow, Scotland


  • WOW. A remarkable career in research thus far.

  • I'm attaching a link from the British Museum about the "cleaning": https://www.britishmuseum.org/about_us/news_and_press/statements/parthenon_sculptures/1930s_cleaning/cleaning_the_sculptures.aspx

    And a more critical view: https://www.theguardian.com/uk/1999/nov/29/jamiewilson.davidhencke

    It would be interesting to hear how you interpret these different...

  • Have you been to the Acropolis Museum?

  • I like your assessment, Lee!

  • I couldn't find anything of synaesthesia itself, but I did find this article which may of interest: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/did-edvard-munch-find-supernatural-power-in-color-180964832/

  • Interesting! Thanks for the link

  • Did anything come up in the video that was particularly interesting to you? What new topics did you find the most intriguing?

  • Dr Sarah Gambell replied to [Learner left FutureLearn]

    Welcome to the course, Paul!

  • An interesting concept to look up is freeports; "typically, when goods enter a country, they have to follow the import regulations of that country. This often involves a tariff—a tax on those imports.

    A free port or “free zone” is an area that is inside the geographic boundary of a country, but which is legally considered outside the country for customs...

  • Hi Both, do you mean the first video on Week 3? I can look into that!

  • Do you think that people's perceptions that the original object is more important for the historical record will change?

  • We will talk more about the Shiva later on in the course; thanks for addressing it here. Great posting the links

  • Thanks for the links!

  • Exactly!

  • Don't worry, Ann. The answers to your questions will start to come together as we go along!

  • You've brought up several important talking points on the subject; funds, policing, subsistence

  • Welcome!

  • Fabulous!

  • Amazing! You're going to be very interested in later sections with your regional research interest

  • @OttovanSolkema Excellent question! It took me a while do some research, but it looks like yes, dogs are used!

    Check this link that Donna sent me: https://www.redarchresearch.org/K-9-Artifact-Finders-Updates.html

  • Congrats on finishing the PhD!

  • Perfect research interest to mix the two!

  • Hi All,

    I'm Sarah and I'm going to be your lead-educator on this course! Welcome. I am a PhD candidate in Information Studies at the University of Glasgow. My particular research focuses on assessing the tactical value of digitisation (3D reconstruction, visualisations, VR/AR) for the preservation of cultural heritage in conflict, particularly in the Middle...

  • Glad you're here, Elizabeth!

  • Do love a good art hiest film...

  • @SteveM.Windham,LLM,MBA,EA It almost brought the gaming industry to a halt before it even got started!

  • That must be heartbreaking if the owner was a good faith purchaser

  • There are a lot of hidden histories that the average person with an interest in art just might miss!

  • We can only hope!

  • Great questions, Keith!

  • Bob's having a rough go.

  • The ICOM code of ethics may be a good place to start - they have instructions on proper institutional behaviour in many compromising situations. Larger NGO- like orgs like UNESCO & ICROM could also advise.


  • We like a bit of drama and intrigue over this way!

  • Hi Louisa! Any good anecdotes from your work?

  • I think the context of the situation aids in a concrete definition of the theft. Usually when the term "looting" is used, it's under the pretence of conflict. If a museum has a singular item stolen by white collar criminals, this is more often referred to as a "theft". If the museum is situated in a region experiencing conflict and it is ransacked, where a...

  • Hi, Keith

  • Come back when you can!

  • Man certainly wasn't following archaeological standards and guidelines!

  • Hi All - just so you know, the video is about 1 hour in length. I understand time commitments, so i've attached a transcript of the audio at the bottom of the page for ease of access.

  • Hi All - just so you know, the video is about 1 hour in length. I understand time commitments, so i've attached a transcript of the audio at the bottom of the page for ease of access.