Experiences of Jerusalem

My name is Dr Philip Booth and I am Research Associate within the History Department at Manchester Metropolitan University. The project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The research project looks at the history of travel to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem was once considered, by some, to be the centre of the world and although no one would say that today its influence remains substantial on the world stage. It was eight years ago that I first visited the city myself and was amazed by its rich cultural, spiritual, and political heritage, and the complex history which it possesses. Because of this, I want to look more deeply into this history and why people from around the world, but particularly Manchester, continue to visit the city of Jerusalem to this day. By doing so, we’ll be able to think about Manchester’s involvement in the long history of travel to Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and how we can better share with each other in its rich heritage.

This survey's aim is to find out more about your own experiences of visiting Jerusalem so that these can be added to and compared with the experiences of those who have visited the city in the past. People have for centuries told stories of their experiences with Jerusalem and this is your chance to add a chapter about your own travels.  

The survey is voluntary and if you agree to participate in it you will be asked to answer an anonymous survey that won’t take more than 15 mins. The survey will cover questions such as what sites you visited during your visit to Jerusalem, what sort of experiences you had and what you did at these sites, and what those experiences meant to you. There is an option at the end of the survey to supply contact details to discuss your experiences further, should you wish. The information you provide will be used to form the basis of various public presentations (talks and exhibitions) which will aim to share the long history of travel to Jerusalem with the people of Manchester. It may also be used to inform academic publications discussing the long history of travel to the Holy Land. In all these cases, survey data will be used anonymously.  

Please take time to read the privacy information on the following page before starting the survey. 

If you want to learn more about the project, please visit adterramsanctam.wordpress.com or contact the project lead, Dr Philip Booth at philip.booth@mmu.ac.uk.