8 Apr 2024 - 12 Apr 2024 10am - 5pm Cambridge, UK Book Now


The Cultural Heritage Data School (CHDS), taking place in Cambridge between 8-12 April, is open for applications from participants from across the cultural heritage sector and academia.

This intensive in-person teaching programme will be structured around the digital collections and archives pipeline, covering the general principles and applied practices involved in the generation, exploration, visualisation, analysis and preservation of digital collections and archives.

Leading academic researchers and practitioners have created a teaching and learning experience with lectures, digital tools demonstrations, workshops, group work and more, developing technical skills, while also raising critical questions about data in the cultural heritage sector.

Previous attendees have benefited from the practical way digital methods are applied to real problems, the critical way in which they are employed, as well as by the rich interactions with teachers and peers during a week of activities.

We encourage anyone working with cultural heritage data to apply!

Q&A session

Do you have any questions about how the school will be run, the content, and how to apply? We will hold a Q&A session with the school’s convenors on 6 December 2023 at 2pm (GMT). Register here

Further information

Module overview

Our modules cover the lifecycle of data-intensive projects related to cultural heritage, including ethical research design, data collection, analysis, visualisation and presentation. Teaching includes lectures, digital tools demonstrations, participatory sessions, workshops, and hands-on activities with leading researchers and practitioners in the field.

You will be able to collect and analyse publicly-available text and image collections from cultural heritage institutions and learn how to use AI both as a tool for research and as an object of inquiry, such as Machine Learning for collections. We will also explore methods for creating digital archives of material objects and the challenges of the archival practice under risky, or critical circumstances.

Modules will cover the following content:

  • Ethical research design
  • Collecting and working with cultural heritage data at scale
  • AI and cultural collections
  • Text wrangling for cultural heritage collections
  • Digital archives and communities in crisis
  • Sentiment Analysis
  • Linked Data for Digital Images

Keynote speakers TBC

*Content may be subject to change

Teaching team

  • Dr Anne Alexander (Director of Learning, CDH)
  • Etienne Posthumus  (Senior Researcher at FIZ Karlsruhe — Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure, Information Service Engineering, The Netherlands)
  • Dr Giulia Grisot (Teaching Associate, CDH)
  • Dr Hugo Leal (Teaching Associate, CDH)
  • Huw Jones (Cambridge University Library, CDH)
  • Dr Irving Huerta (Data School Convenor, CDH)
  • Mia Ridge (The British Library’s Digital Curator for Western Heritage Collections)

*Teaching team may be subject to change

How to apply & fees

Who can apply?

The school welcomes applications from all backgrounds.

You might be working or volunteering in a gallery, library, archive or museum, involved in a community-based cultural heritage project or working with cultural heritage practitioners or institutions as an academic researcher or student. Anyone who works with cultural heritage data is welcome to apply.

No previous experience of coding is required and there are no specific academic requirements, however the course content is broadly suitable for those with an undergraduate degree or equivalent professional experience. The School is taught in English.

We are committed to facilitate participation by women, black and minority ethnic candidates as they have historically been under-represented in the technology and data science sector. We also welcome applications from outside the UK, assuming they can attend during the week of 8-12 April.

We can supply successful applicants to the Data School with a letter to support the appropriate visa application. However please note that applicants are responsible for their own visa costs. Please let us know on the application if you will be applying for a visa, and apply early to allow as much time as possible for processing.

When and where?

The school will be held in person in Cambridge, UK: 8–12 April 2024. No recordings will be available. Sessions will take place between 10am and 5pm daily in the central university buildings on Sidgwick Site:

You will need to arrange and pay for your own travel and accommodation for the school. CDH has block-booked a limited number of rooms at Selwyn College, at £88.55 per night. These will be offered to accepted participants on a first come, first serve basis, once they have received their acceptance email. More details will be released closer to the date.

You can also look for accommodation on the following sites:

Each day will contain a mixture of classes, workshops, and practical sessions in the university premises. A daily vegetarian/vegan lunch will be provided on site, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments, except for Monday where the Data School kicks off after lunch (2.00pm) with afternoon refreshments. There is also a local café and buttery on the Sidgwick Site should you wish to use it.

Participants will also be invited to join us for an informal meal on the evening of 11 April. Please note this will be an additional cost and more information will be provided to registered participants closer to the School.

An online Cultural Heritage Data School also runs once a year, but the dates for the 2024/25 programme have not yet been confirmed. Please check our website or sign up to our mailing list for more details. Please note that the fees for in-person Data Schools are higher than for the online versions.


  • Standard: £750 per person
  • Early Bird: £695 per person (until 30 November 2023)
  • Concession (limited places): £460 per person

This fee covers around 23 hours of sessions, access to online teaching resources, space for discussions with top practitioners and peers, troubleshooting sessions, and catering (refreshments and one lunch sandwich buffet per day). Participants need to bring a laptop with them to the Data School on which they have the right to install software. We will not provide any equipment but WIFI will be available in the university premises.

There is a limited number of concessionary places for the unemployed, unfunded projects, and Global South residents that can demonstrate financial need. In addition, a small number of bursaries (waived fee) are available to those who are not able to afford this training and can demonstrate how attending the school will be beneficial for them. You can apply for this on the application form.

The deadline for payment is four weeks before the start of the School.

Please note that in the event of the Data School being cancelled by us, we will refund your registration fee, according to our Terms and Conditions, but we will not be liable for any other costs you have incurred – travel, accommodation, visas etc. We suggest taking out insurance that will cover you in the event of a cancellation. Please see our Terms and Conditions for details of refund policies for Data School tuition fees: https://www.cdh.cam.ac.uk/dataschools/cambridge-data-schools-terms-and-conditions/

How to apply

Fill in the application form by 21 January 2024. You will hear whether your application was successful or not by 25 January 2024.

The Cultural Heritage Data School is application-only with limited places. During your application you should make best use of the free text sections to explain your current experience, and what you would get out of attending the School.


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Cambridge Digital Humanities

Tel: +44 1223 766886
Email enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk