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Cambridge Heritage Research Centre



  • BA Japanese Studies & History, University of Sheffield

After travelling independently in Japan for 9 months, I went on to develop my Japanese language skills (JLPT N2 proficiency) and train as an historian, researching war memory and narratives in Japan through primary sources.

  • MA Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies, University of East Anglia

Following on from my undergraduate research, I refined my understanding of heritage and material representation of the past. More details of my MA thesis, “Reinterpreting Difficult Heritage: Online & Transnational Engagement of Japanese War Memorial, ‘Mimizuka’”, can be heard on my Beyond Japan podcast episode:

  • PhD in Archaeology (Heritage Studies focus)

My doctoral research will analyse international tourist interpretation of difficult heritage sites, focusing on the tourist cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka in Japan.



Continuing from my MA thesis, my PhD research explores international tourist interpretation of difficult heritage sites. Looking at memorials, museums and other war heritage sites in Japan’s major tourist cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, I seek to assess the value of these sites to overseas tourists whose nations share a history of war with Japan, as well as the role of language and translation in their interpretation.

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

PhD Supervisor: Dr. Liliana Janik

Graduate Member, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
PhD Student in Archaeology
A profile photo of CHRC Graduate Member, Oliver Moxham
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