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James Baker

SSI fellow

Director of Digital Humanities, University of Southampton


Anything at the intersection of history, cultural heritage, and digital technologies.


James Baker is the Director of Digital Humanities at the University of Southampton.

Prior to joining Southampton, James held positions of Senior Lecturer in Digital History and Archives at the University of Sussex and Director of the Sussex Humanities Lab, Digital Curator at the British Library, and Postdoctoral Fellow with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

My research projects are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Academy, British Council, and European Commission, and have looked at legacy descriptions of art objects, the preservation of intangible cultural heritage in fragile and conflict affected settings, decolonial futures for museum collections, the born digital archival record, and women's work in archaeology, history and heritage in the 19th and 20th

Alongside being a proud Software Sustainability Institute Fellow from the 2015 Inauguration, James is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College, a convenor of the Institute of Historical Research Digital History seminar, and a member of the Programming Historian team.

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