Amy Luck

Amy Luck

Department of History
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

PhD title: Heritage Sites and Wellbeing
Supervisor: Dr Faye Sayer and Dr Ioanna Katapidi
PhD History


  • BA History
  • MA Public History and Heritage


Since completing my MA in Public History and Heritage I have been working as a freelance cultural heritage consultant, specialising in working collaboratively with organisations such as National Museum Wales, Well-City Salisbury, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Northern Heartlands, and the British Commercial Vehicle Museum to evaluate, understand and demonstrate the impact of their work.


• A. Luck & F. Sayer, ‘Digital Heritage & Wellbeing: Digital Breakout Lab Workshop’, National Council on Public History, 2022
• A. Luck, ‘Heritage Evaluation Workshop for Public History and Heritage MA students’, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2022
• A. Luck, ‘Evaluation and Research Ethics Workshop’, Well-City Partnership, 2022
• A. Luck, ‘Heritage Consultancy and Contract Research: One Day Workshop for PhD Students’, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2021
• A. Luck, ‘Heritage Consultancy and Contract Research Workshop for History Dept. Staff’, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2021

Doctoral research


Working collaboratively with a diverse range of heritage sites across England, my research seeks to understand the impact of heritage sites on visitor's subjective wellbeing. By utilising a pre-post, mixed-method methodology, including the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule, Modified Wellbeing Scale and open-ended questions, this research hopes to support heritage sites to understand what facets of wellbeing may be impacted by visiting and why heritage sites produce these changes. It investigates whether visitor demographics such as age, gender and ethnicity impact what facets of wellbeing are impacted, and the amount of change a heritage site can have on wellbeing.

Other activities

Selected Conferences and Teaching:

• A. Luck & F. Sayer, ‘Creating Healthier Societies Through Heritage: An international comparison of the wellbeing impact of visiting heritage sites’, International Federation for Public History, 2022
• A. Luck & F. Sayer, ‘A comparative analysis of the wellbeing impact of engaging with digital and physical heritage’, International Federation for Public History, 2022
• A. Luck, S. Ambrose, M. Pickel, T. Hendry, ‘Heritage and Wellbeing: A Humanistic Approach to Sustainable Management at Chatsworth House (UK) and Biltmore (USA)’, National Council on Public History, 2022
• A. Luck & F. Sayer, ‘Virtual Heritage, COVID-19 and Wellbeing’, Theoretical Archaeological Group Conference, 2021
• A. Luck & F. Sayer ‘Virtual Heritage and Wellbeing’, 27th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, 2021
• A. Luck, ‘Heritage and Wellbeing’, Heritage Symposium, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2021
• A. Luck & F. Sayer, ‘Heritage and Wellbeing’, Contested Heritage: Connecting research topics on cultural heritage in Germany and Britain, Leibniz University of Hannover, 2019


• A. Luck & F. Sayer, ‘The Impact of Digital Heritage on Individual Wellbeing during COVID-19’ (Forthcoming)
• F. Sayer, A. Luck & Z. Willock, ‘Heritage and Wellbeing Guidelines’, (Manchester: 2019)
• F. Sayer & A. Walling, ‘Bones without Barriers Report’. Unpublished, Heritage Lottery Fund Report, 2014. [Cited/discussed in F. Sayer (2018). Understanding Well-Being: A Mechanism for Measuring the Impact of Heritage Practice on Well-Being. In: The Oxford Handbook of Public Heritage Theory and Practice.]
• S. Edwards & A. Walling, ‘Introduction’, F. Sayer, M. Dolski, S. Edwards, Histories on Screen: The Past and Present in Anglo-American Cinema and Television, (Bloomsbury, 2018)