HistorySpace:Downhill Demesne has been developed by Helen Jackson and Adrian Hickey at University of Ulster’s Centre for Media Research.

Helen Jackson
Helen Jackson is a senior lecturer in Interactive Media Arts in the School of Media, Film and Journalism and a member of the institute’s Centre for Media Research. Previously employed by the Guardian Newspaper Group as Northern Ireland Editor for their specialist on-line education department Learnthings, Helen has over 15 years experience in the digital media content field. Her areas of expertise primarily involve practice-led research into interactive media devices and their associated cultures, for which she has received national and international recognition.
Helen is also Director of Academic Enterprise for the Faculty of Arts, leading the development and delivery of academic enterprise initiatives within and across the Faculties in collaboration with the Ulster University’s Office of Innovation.

Adrian Hickey
Adrian Hickey is a Learning Technologist in the School of Media, Film and Journalism and a member of the Centre for Media Research. Adrian has a background in graphic design, motion graphics and interactive design. He has led consultancy programs in connecting databases and new media systems for business and in online video streaming. His current research interests are investigations into current mobile user interfaces and their limitations.
Adrian is Course Director for the BA(Hons) Interactive Media Arts degree at the School of Media, Film and Journalism.

Reactions to the app from Northern Ireland Tourist Board, The National Trust and Coleraine Borough Council.


April 2014

BEA Festival of Media Arts, Las Vegas, Nevada

History Space won Best in Festival, Faculty Interactive Media Competition, at the Broadcasting Education Association’s annual Festival of Media Arts. The Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts is a competitive festival open to BEA individual faculty and student members. Separate competitions for faculty and students cover the range from dramatic narratives, through non-fiction documentary and news to the frontiers of interactive multimedia.

Helen&Adrian BEA image



February 2014

Digital Past 2014, Llandudno, Wales

History Space will be presented at the Digital Past 2014 conference in Llandudno on February 13th 2014. Organized by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales the Digital Past 2014 conference is of value to anyone working in or studying the archaeological, heritage, education and museums sector, and is designed to allow informal networking and exchange of ideas within a friendly and diverse audience made up of individuals from commercial, public and third sector organisations.

January 2014

ENTER 2014 eTourism Conference, Dublin, Ireland

History Space has been selected for a Destination Case Study at the ENTER 2014 conference in Dublin on January 24th 2014. Organized by the International Federation for Information Technology and Travel & Tourism (IFITT) the ENTER 2014 conference offers a worldwide and unique forum for attendees from academia, industry, government, and other organizations to actively exchange, share, and challenge state-of-the-art research and industrial case studies on the application of information and communication technologies to travel and tourism.


Autumn 2013

Tourism in the midst of a mobile revolution
History Space has become influential in focusing key tourism stakeholders in Northern Ireland on the potential of mobile applications in the tourism domain. In their Tourism Intelligent reports that offer up-to-date insights on innovative best practice as well as emerging trends, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board use the History Space outcome as an example of best practice in reacting to delivering on technological innovation these application solutions.

(See p9 of NITB’s Intelligent Vision Series – Tourism in the midst of a mobile revolution.)
Tourism in the midst of a mobile revolution

September 2013

Invest NI’s Foresight Workshop (Future of Tourism) at CultureTECH, Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland

The author’s of History Space led an Invest NI sponsored workshop at the CultureTECH festival. The workshop aimed to establish a comprehensive understanding about all aspects of the feasibility of implementing and rolling out mobile apps that focus on tourist sector as the main client group.


April 2013

22nd EBN CONGRESS 2013 – Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland

History Space was selected for demonstration at the prestigious EBN 2013 tradeshow exhibition. The EBN (European Business & Innovation Centre Network) acts as a reference point in Europe on innovation, spin-offs, incubation, entrepreneurship, SMEs, and regional economic development. Securing this prestigious exhibition space in the Digital Innovation Showcase Village was an acknowledgement of project’s innovation in the digital media field.