Patrick Gibbs


Pat Gibbs graduated from the University of York with an MSc in Archaeological Information Systems in 2002. Prior to this he obtained a BSc in Archaeological Science from the University of Sheffield in 2001.

After completing his Masters degree Pat worked for the Archaeology Data Service as a curatorial assistant, and offered freelance IT consultancy on various academic and commercial archaeology/heritage projects. During this period he developed an interest in advanced web design and data management, and in particular how the often complex datasets generated by archaeological investigation can be presented online in logical, easily-digestible forms.

Pat was then employed part-time by the University of York’s 'Christianity and Culture' project in 2003. The project aimed to present Christian understanding to those embarking on university degrees in archaeology, history, art history, english literature, etc - subjects that demand this knowledge to fully engage with significant aspects of their subject matter. By providing digital teaching tools and web resources that presented materials in a clear, accessible and engaging way, Pat further developed his interest in the techniques of presentation to a range of age-groups and knowledge-backgrounds.

His freelance work, under the name Heritage Technology, continued alongside this appointment and developed further until, in 2008, it was formalised as 'Heritage Technology Ltd' - a collaboration between several digital specialists to provide technical expertise to the heritage sector. Meanwhile, the 'Christianity and Culture' project became the ‘Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture’ in 2010, and Pat was subsequently made Head of Technical Design. The new Centre began to undertake interpretation projects at churches and cathedrals around the country, and collaborated with Heritage Technology Ltd on several projects including Micklegate Priory Revealed.

A specialist in Flash design and programming, web technologies, graphical interface design and panoramic photography, Pat's long-term goal is to begin a PhD that looks at how technology can engage audience groups outside of the traditional ‘heritage visitor’ demographic and help present academic research in accessible, engaging ways.