Doctoral candidate Emily Tuttle completed on-site research in Yorkshire and London, England in May and June 2022 on a departmental Mason Dissertation Research Award. She conducted research for a specific chapter of her dissertation, “Remembering the Past through Reconstruction: Cultural Heritage Sites and Museums as Educational Resources.” Within her broader topic focusing on the role of medieval domestic objects in the canon of art history, Emily emphasizes the importance of using heritage sites as means of recalling the medieval past and creating a sense of memory and ontological security for today’s universal viewer.
Emily examines three major case studies overseen by different management organizations: Conisbrough Castle (managed by English Heritage), Barley Hall (managed by Yorkshire Archaeological Trust), and the Yorkshire Museum (York Museum Trust). Emily argues that through various means of display, tactile interaction, and signage the medieval past can better be recalled and understood by visitors through lasting experiences. In addition to multiple site visits during her stay in England, she interviewed curators and heritage management specialists to concretize her knowledge of each site. It is Emily’s ultimate goal in her work to make the medieval past accessible to broader audiences.
Emily is currently employed at Limestone University as a Full-Time Art History Instructor and Gallery Director. Her responsibilities include teaching art appreciation to non-art majors, and introductory art history surveys, contemporary criticism, senior seminar, and special topics in art history to those majoring and minoring in art. As Gallery Director, Emily curates exhibits in the new Limestone University Art Gallery; creates marketing and promotional materials; and supports alumni, donors, visiting artists, and gallery visitors. Emily is also an adjunct instructor at Winthrop University. Emily intends on continuing to build her professional portfolio as she completes her dissertation, which she will defend in 2023.