Helen Diggle

PhD student

Helen Diggle is an ethnomusicologist of British/Palestinian heritage, raised in the United Arab Emirates and currently based in York. She has been an active musician for most of her life, graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London with a Bachelor of Music incorporating two special studies in Ethnomusicology and Composition. She began her PhD in January 2016, while working in museums and heritage around York.

Helen’s research focuses on the reimagining of ancient soundworlds in contemporary Northern European folk music, using an inter-disciplinary process of archaeology, ethnomusicology and soundscape to achieve a new and comprehensive methodology for retracing the creative processes behind reimagined contemporary sound. She is focusing primarily on the Lules├ími region of Sweden (in which she has previously conducted fieldwork), and the Viking age in northern England.