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The Congruence Engine: Digital Tools for New Collections-Based Industrial Histories

The Congruence Engine is a three-year research project that started in November 2021. It is investigating the potential of social and digital techniques (including AI) in connecting industrial heritage collections held by museums, archives and heritage organisations across the UK. It is one of five ‘Discovery Projects’ funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the ‘Towards a National Collection’ funding stream.

Project Exhibit, Discovery Museum, Newcastle

The project is revealed in its first exhibit at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle (showing October 2023-February 2024). The exhibit is comprised of four short films (an introduction to the project, and then a film each about three of our detailed investigations). These are available here online for the first time:


Project Introductory Film

Subtitles and BSL available here.


Visit the Past: Reanimating Historical Spaces

Subtitles and BSL available here.


Zoom into the Past

Subtitles and BSL available here.


Listen to the Past: Folk Songs

Subtitles and BSL available here.


Read about the project: 

Congruence Engine Blog 

A screenshot of the Congruence engine blog

Science Museum Group Journal special issue 

A screen grab of the special issue of the Science Museum Group Journal

Do get in touch if you’d like to find out more. Please e-mail us at: [email protected]  

The Congruence Engine is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Towards a National Collection: Opening UK Heritage to the World fund.