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Mr Ian Colson

DCAD Fellow

BSc(Hons), BTh, MA (Warwick & Leicester), PGDip, PGCert

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DCAD Fellow in the Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD)  
Research Student in the Department of Archaeology  


After first degrees in Biology and Theology, followed by a MA in Religious Education and a PGDip in Chaplaincy Studies, in 2018 I gained a PGCert in Parish Church Studies: Heritage, History and Fabric from the University of York. This led to an MA (Distinction) in Heritage and Interpretation from the University of Leicester.

My research interests are in the interpretation of religion within heritage settings and specifically in the interpretation of 'Golden Age' Northumbrian Christianity. I am interested in how this ostensibly familiar, yet in truth quite distinct, expression of Christian belief can be portrayed in contemporary society where some would argue a lack of religious literacy, and hence cutural capital, inhibits the fullest construction of meanings. 

Using an ethnographic methodology, I am attempting to describe the interperative discourses that are apparent at a variety of case study sites. I will then go on to try and better understand how interperative schemes came about and what were the drivers behind them.