Dr Mia Ridge

Mia Ridge
Digital Curator, Western Heritage Collections
Crowdsourcing, Digital Research

Dr Mia Ridge is the British Library’s Digital Curator for Western Heritage Collections. As part of the Library’s Digital Scholarship team, she helps enable innovative research based on the British Library’s digital collections, offering support, training and guidance on applying computational research methods to historical collections. Current projects involve crowdsourcing the transcription of historical playbills, and experimenting with machine learning-based methods with library collections. She is a Co-Investigator on the Living with Machines project.             

She is a member of several project advisory boards in the fields of digital humanities and digital cultural heritage, and has undertaken peer review for a range of journals and conference programmes. Mia has supervised undergraduate and postgraduate research projects applying digital scholarship methods to the Library’s collections.

Mia has published, taught and presented widely on her key areas of interest including: user experience design and human-computer interaction, open cultural data, digital history, and audience engagement and participation in the cultural heritage sector. Her edited volume, ‘Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage’ (Ashgate) was published in October 2014.

Her PhD in digital humanities (Department of History, Open University) was titled ‘Making digital history: The impact of digitality on public participation and scholarly practices in historical research’. Mia has post-graduate qualifications in software development and an MSc in Human-Centred Systems (Human Computer Interaction). She was Chair of the Museums Computer Group (MCG) from 2011 to 2017, and a member of the Executive Council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) from 2013-2017.

Formerly Lead Web Developer at the Science Museum Group, Mia has also worked for the Museum of London, Melbourne Museum (Australia) and Vicnet at the State Library of Victoria. She has worked internationally as a business analyst, usability consultant and web programmer in the cultural heritage and commercial sectors. Mia has held international fellowships at Trinity College Dublin/CENDARI, Ireland (2014), the Polis Center Institute on ‘Spatial Narrative and Deep Maps’ (2012) and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media One Week One Tool program (2013), and had short Residencies at the Powerhouse Museum (2012) and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum (2012).



  • 'From Tagging to Theorizing: Deepening Engagement with Cultural Heritage through Crowdsourcing', Curator: The Museum Journal (2013)
  • 'Creating Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives Through Design', International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing (2013) [with Don Lafreniere and Scott Nesbit]
  • 'Colloquium: Digital Technologies: Help or Hindrance for the Humanities?', Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 11 (2011), 185–200 [with Elton Barker, Christopher Bissell, Lorna Hardwick, Allan Jones, and John Wolffe].

Edited volumes

  • Crowdsourcing Our Cultural Heritage (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014)


Digital scholarship

Undertake innovative research with our digital collections and data