HERM 512: Advanced Methods in Heritage Research (Rev. C4/B4) Report a Broken Link

This course offers an understanding of the place of research in heritage resources management. On successful completion of this course, you will have knowledge of, and an appreciation for, the techniques and methods crucial to research projects that support a range of heritage activities.

Unit 1—The Big Picture: Perspectives on Heritage Research and the Public


List of Required Readings

Unit 2—Planning a Research Project & Finding and Accessing Documentary Sources


List of Required Readings

Unit 3—Documentary Sources: Evaluating and Interpreting Primary Text Records


List of Required Readings
Required Primary Sources

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Unit 4—Documentary Sources: Examining Pictorial Records


List of Required Readings and Viewings

Unit 5—Oral History: The Document and the Research Method


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Unit 6—Material Culture: Artifact-Based Research and Source of Evidence


List of Required Readings

Unit 7—Material Culture: Archaeological Resources and Heritage Research


List of Required Readings

Unit 8—Architectural Heritage Resources: Documenting, Researching, and Interpreting Buildings


List of Required Readings

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Unit 9—The Resources of Place: Researching and Interpreting Landscapes


List of Required Readings

Unit 10—Putting It All Together: A Case Study in Heritage Research


List of Required Readings and Viewings

Videos


Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza, Seville, Spain. Judy Larmour. [video]

The landmark heritage building, constructed under a succession of architects (1782–1881), is a major bullfighting centre in Spain. Visitors are often more struck by its controversial purpose than by its architecture and cultural heritage values. 

Cameramen filming a scene at Fort MacLeod, Alberta. Glenbow Archives, NA-2635-96. [video]

This photograph was taken during the filming of the 1921 movie Cameron of the Royal Mounted. Consider how different its meaning might be without knowing this information, and consider how the meaning changes depending on whether the image is cropped or zoomed out to varying degrees. 

Myers, Patricia. The Iconography of Cookbooks: A Cultural Window. Athabasca University, 2008. [video]

This video, developed for this course, includes ten images of cookbook covers, which have been selected and analyzed by Patricia Myers, a historian with Alberta’s Historic Resources Management Branch.

Central Park [Memorial Park], Calgary, Alberta, ca. 1910s. Glenbow Archives, NA-1604-116. [video]

Animated gif that displays several states of development of a park with a large central feature, trees planted along walkways, several ornamental gardens, and a pavilion structure in the far background. The text on the first slide reads: 1 of 3. Central Park [Memorial Park], Calgary Alberta, c. 1910s. Glenbow Archives, NA-1604-116. The second slide reads: 2 of 3. Unveiling of South African War memorial, Central Park [Memorial Park], in Calgary, Alberta, June 1914. The time of year a photograph was taken can be critical to the analysis of landscape features. The memorial confirms that date of June 1914, but the benches visible in the foreground of the c. 1910s photograph are not visible. Glenbow Archives, NA-1604-118. The text on the third slide reads: 3 of 3. Central Park [Memorial Park], in Calgary, Alberta, between 1914 and 1919. Is there a lead to be followed up from the Glenbow’s dating of this photograph? What changes have been made to the layout of the park by the time it was taken? Glenbow Archives, NA-1604-111.

Athabasca University. Heritage Research and Historic Dunvegan, Alberta. Athabasca University, 2008. [video]

Milk Makes Muscle. Produced by the Alberta Department of Agriculture. 1920s. [video] 

 [Video. Originally produced in 16mm film.] Black and white. Silent with intertitles. 7 minutes 42 seconds. Original format 16 mm film.This film is provided courtesy of the Provincial Archives of Alberta HeRMIS (Heritage Resources Management Information System) online Exhibits collection.

Peeling Back the Layers: Revealing the Structural History of the Factor’s House: The Factor’s House, Exterior [video]

Peeling Back the Layers: Revealing the Structural History of the Factor’s House: The Factor’s House, Interior [video]

Furnishing the Factor’s House: The Curator and Artifact-Specific Research [video]

Furnishing the Factor’s House: Seeking Original and Historic Items [video]

Furnishing the Factor’s House: Prototypes and Reproduction [video]

Furnishing the Factor's House: Working with Ghosts [video]

Furnishing the Factor’s House: Currently Manufactured Items [video]

Furnishing the Factor’s House: Taking the Measure of the Building [video]

Furnishing the Factor’s House: Acquisition Is Always Ongoing [video]

Interpreting the Site for Visitors: Putting a Tour Script Together [video]

Interpreting the Site for Visitors: Reading the Visitor [video]

Interpreting the Site for Visitors: Issues of IdentityPast and Present [video]

Interpreting the Site for Visitors: Welcome to the Factor's House! [video]