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Work with local and national organisations

Professor Gabriella Giannachi researches performance and new media documentation. Often working in collaboration with computer scientists, she devises ways to digitise and share collection data for artists and museums. These engage the public with the aim to augment their knowledge in specific fields, create a sense of community, place and well-being. She has worked with a range of user groups on a variety of collections, often using mobile learning. She has collaborated with Tate, RAMM, Imperial War Museum, and Exeter City Football Club and is currently supervising two doctoral students with RAMM and two with Tate. She has been funded by the EU, RCUK, the HLF and AHRC.

Projects that Gabriella has worked on with local organisations include:

In partnership with Exeter City Football Club

The Grecian Archive

The Grecian Archive is a digital archive that aims to preserve and share the heritage of Exeter City Football Club. The online archive is freely available and searchable to the general public, and contains films, images, and texts spanning over a century of the club’s colourful history. Materials from the Grecian Archive, to whom a growing number of international collectors are contributing, were used in two exhibitions in 2016 and 2017.

Explore the archive on our website.

In partnership with Tate Gallery


The ArtMaps project (2012-14), developed in collaboration with Computer Scientists from the University of Nottingham and Tate with funding from RCUK, consists of a platform that allows users to search and annotate the Tate collection online. ArtMaps users can pinpoint the locations of particular artworks, identifying the viewpoints used by artists, and sharing with others how they interpret the work in relation to the place it is associated with.

This project involved workshops with local primary school children, senior citizens, members of the Migrant Resource Centre in London, as well as public engagement activities in the Tate galleries. ArtMaps, which was exhibited at Tate Britain's 'Looking at the View' Exhibition between February and June 2013, was finally launched in 2014.

Collecting, Archiving and Sharing Performance and the Performative

Gabriella Giannachi was Principal Investigator in Collecting, Archiving and Sharing Performance and the Performative. The project, developed in collaboration with staff from Tate, was funded by AHRC (2014–16). The project resulted in the creation of an archive of performance at Tate 1960 to today, a public event held at Tate on the place of performance in the art museum (20/6/2016), a book, forthcoming with Routledge in 2017, and a number of conference papers and articles.

In partnership with the RAMM and 1010 Media

Moor Stories

Gabriella Giannachi was Principal Investigator in Moor Stories, developed in collaboration with Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery and 1010 Media with funding from REACT HEIF. Moor Stories is a web app that aims to facilitate creative encounters between objects in RAMM's collections pertaining to Dartmoor (primarily flints, pottery, drawings, paintings, wood and stone carvings) to prompt memories about them among the communities that live where the objects were originally found. Using data and images from RAMM’s collections, objects are placed back in their 'original' location on Dartmoor. Moor Stories aims to facilitate creativity and encourage the sharing of historical knowledge between museum curators, local history societies and museums on the moor.

For more information, see the Moor Stories blog and interactive website.

In partnership with RAMM, Exeter City Football Club and 1010 Media

Exeter Time Trails

Gabriella Giannachi was Principal Investigator in Exeter Time Trails, REACT HEIF-funded and developed in collaboration with Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter City FC Supporters Trust and 1010 Media. Time Trails is an app prototype that facilitates the generation of time-based tours linking sites in the Museum, Exeter and Devon with objects in the Museum's collection and Exeter City FC's archive. This time trail app gives users the opportunity to engage creatively with history, heritage, collections and archives. The app was first tested and then adopted by the Kick Start programme at Exeter City FC.

To find out more about the project, please see the Exeter Time Trails blog.