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Dr Jenny Kidd BA (English, Swansea) MA (Publishing, Oxford Brookes) PhD (Cardiff University)

Dr Jenny Kidd

BA (English, Swansea) MA (Publishing, Oxford Brookes) PhD (Cardiff University)

Reader and Director of Postgraduate Research

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

+44 (0)29 208 74489
Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision


Formerly a web editor and developer, Jenny is a keen advocate of immersive and participatory media practices, working with a range of institutions to explore and understand their possibilities. Her research is informed by close interaction with the cultural sector. Jenny has worked on projects with: Historic Royal Palaces, The Tower of London, Imperial War Museums, Tate Britain, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, yello brick and the Welsh Centre for International Affairs. Jenny regularly offers advice to colleagues in the cultural sector on digital projects and evaluation strategies. She has been a commentator on the BBC and in the press.

Jenny's books are Critical Encounters with Immersive Storytelling [with Alke Gröppel-Wegener, 2019, Routledge], Representation: Key Ideas in Media and Cultural Studies [2015, Routledge] and Museums in the New Mediascape: Transmedia, Participation, Ethics [2014, Routledge]. Edited books include Challenging History in the Museum [2014, Routledge] and Performing Heritage [2011, Manchester University Press].

Reviews of Museums in the New Mediascape: Museum and Society, LSE Review of Books, International Journal of Heritage Studies and the Museums Journal.

Jenny has worked with partners (yello brick and National Museum Wales) on the creation of two immersive experiences: With New Eyes I See (2014) and Traces (Olion in the Welsh language, 2016).

Dr Kidd is Co-Director of the School's Digital Media and Society research group and a member of the Editorial Board of Cardiff University Press. She is a Managing Editor of Museum and Society and a Series Editor of Emerald Studies in Digital Cultures. In 2016 she was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.


2012 - present: Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Culture

2008 - 2012: City University London, Centre for Cultural Policy and Management

2005 - 2008: Research Associate, The University of Manchester, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Before studying for her PhD Jenny was a web designer and developer for dktv (a different kind of television), Camden, London.

















Immersive Media (Undergraduate year 3 elective, with James Taylor)

Doing something immersive is increasingly seen as a good way of maintaining relevance and securing visibility in a crowded and complex content landscape. Immersive media sees the convergence of technology and creativity to create an alternative reality which actively engages with an audiences’ senses. This module introduces students to immersive media from both a theoretical and practical perspective. Students debate key issues raised by the increased uses of these platforms, and explore the practicalities of content creation within these emerging formats.

Digital Culture (Undergraduate year 2 core module)

Digital media have re-scripted the relationship between media organisations and their users. Notions of producer and consumer, authorship and authenticity are being re-evaluated and explored in ways that are creative, experimental and infinite. This not only opens up new avenues of opportunity for audience development, but simultaneously calls into question the many practices of cultural consumption and identity construction. This module is an exploration of the claims being made for so-called ‘new’ media in culture. It includes both theoretical and practical components, including the creation of an online project including digital stories, infographics and a photography project.

Digital Creativity (Postgraduate taught programme)

In a crowded and complex content landscape creative practitioners are finding ever more imaginative ways of connecting with their audiences. Documentary makers, journalists, curators, theatre directors, advertisers and designers (for example) are embracing digital, immersive and mixed media methods to create ‘experiences’ that meet very different organizational objectives: to engage, entertain, inspire, anger, shock, seduce, or educate. This module explores the practice and theory of digital creativity. It is situated at the intersection of the creative arts, design and digital technologies. It highlights how digital media can be used to diversity the stories we tell and how we tell them. Students will debate key ethical issues raised by increased interaction with (for example) VR and AR, smart environments and artificial intelligence within creative and cultural contexts, and explore the practicalities of content creation within these emerging formats.

Themes include:

  • Digital Heritage
  • Museums/Heritage
  • Immersive Storytelling

Overview of projects:

AHRC Policy and Evidence Centre: Co-Investigator on the AHRC Policy and Evidence centre for the Creative Industries, 'Arts, Culture and Public Service Broadcasting' Work Strand. 

Immersive Media for Change: with Alison John, 2018 [supported by an ESRC grant]

Traces/Olion: In 2016 we began work on a ‘subtle mob’ for St Fagans National History Museum, Wales. The project was a partnership between Cardiff University, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and yello brick, a creative marketing and street gaming company based in Cardiff. ‘Traces’ (‘Olion’ in the Welsh language version) is crafted for visitors to experience either on their own or in pairs. ‘Traces’ is not an audio guide. Nor is it a tourist guide. It is a site specific storytelling audio app which takes participants on a physical journey around St Fagans, meandering between fact and fiction, past and present. It is an artistic narrative interpretation or ‘composition’ which challenges visitors to experience St Fagans in a new way. It is both playful and thoughtful. The partner experience takes users on two separate journeys that interweave in ways that are expressly performative, but invisible to other visitors they might encounter within the grounds.

Traces was supported by an ESRC Impact Acceleration Award. Further information and link to Traces download.

Voices of War and Peace: Jenny was Co-Investigator on Birmingham University’s Voices of War and Peace project, a WW1 Engagement Centre funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project involves innovative collaboration between Cardiff University and a number of partner organisations on the theme of WW1, between 2014 and 2019. Allied to this project, Jenny has been working with Dr. Joanne Sayner at Newcastle University researching the poppies installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red as it continues to tour the UK. This work is a collaboration with the Tower of London, Historic Royal Palaces and Imperial War Museums.

With New Eyes I See: With New Eyes I See was a collaborative research project between Jenny and yello brick funded by REACT. The project prototyped a site-specific documentary using torches, projection and RFID to trigger content. An overview of this project and its findings has been published as an open access article in International Journal of Heritage Studies.

Visitor-Generated Content: 2012 – 2014 Co-Investigator on AHRC funded network ‘Visitor Generated Content’ with Leicester University Museums Studies Department. Project partners included the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, the Digital Engagement Network and Art of Memory.

Challenging History Network: Challenging History is an investigation into the representation of difficult and sensitive subject matters, which has resulted in a number of reports, major recommendations to the cultural sector, and partnerships in the UK and beyond, including with the Tower of London, Imperial War Museums and the Digital Learning Network. We have held a number of events and sector-facing seminars, including a hugely successful International Conference at City University (February 2012) and an innovative Philosophy Salon at the National Portrait Gallery (June 2011). In 2016 we will co-host another conference with Amgueddfa Cymru - Natinoal Museum Wales. This research deals directly with issues around representation, identity, audiences, race and gender.

2010-2012 Joint recipient of a Grundtvig Award (from European Commission) to investigate Challenging History with the Lidice Memorial, Lidice, Czech Republic and the Forum of Contemporary History, Leipzig, Germany.

The Significance of the Centenary: During 2013, The Significance of the Centenary project used a range of methodologies to explore the ways in which ‘the Centenary’ is given meaning. This included a discourse and content analysis of documents/news pertaining to the preparations for the Centenary of WW1 in 2014. The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and was a partnership with Birmingham University, Sheffield University, the Tower of London, Cultural Learning Alliance and the National Library of Wales.

Silence, Memory and Empathy Network: 2012 – 2014: Jenny was Co-Investigator on the AHRC funded network Silence, Memory and Empathy in Museums and at Historic Sites with the University of Birmingham. UK Project partners included: Buckfast Abbey, Historic Royal Palaces, the Cultural Learning Alliance,Imperial War Museums, National Maritime Museum, Oriel High School, the Hitchin Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland, Royal Armouries Leeds, The Highlanders Museum, Birmingham University and Cardiff University.

Performance, Learning and Heritage: The Performance, Learning and Heritage research project was an investigation into the uses and impact of performance as a medium of learning and interpretation in museums and at historic sites. Funded by a major research grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the project ran for three and a half years from 2005 to 2008. Jenny was the Research Associate on the project.

PLH involved four major case studies working with the National Maritime Museum, London, Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Nelson, S.Wales, Triangle Theatre Company, Coventry and the Manchester Museum.

City of London Festival audience research: In 2009 Jenny was commissioned as a consultant (funded by Knowledge Connect) to work with the City of London Festival team on an extensive audience study. Jenny has also been a researcher and consultant for the Manchester Museum.


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

Digital heritage

Immersive storytelling

Museums/heritage studies

Participatory media

Areas of expertise

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