Posted on 08/03/2013
Five early career researchers who have recently completed their doctorates at Royal Holloway are collaborating with cultural and charitable organisations in projects supported by the AHRC’s Cultural Engagement Fund. This new Fund is designed to enable transfer of knowledge accrued in the PhD process to a wider cultural community, and to strengthen university links with cultural institutions. The projects also provide the early career researchers with opportunities to develop a wide range of skills, particularly in relation to supporting the wider impact of arts and humanities research.
There are four projects:
Re-enchanting economic botany
Caroline Cornish (Geography) is working with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the Natural History Museum to improve their public engagement programmes. She will be creating research-informed resource packs for tour leaders at Kew, providing training for Kew volunteers and enhancing web resources. A second aim of the project is to provide the basis for further research collaboration in the arts and humanities by scoping possible research topics linking the economic botany collections of Kew and the NHM. The project is managed by Professor Felix Driver and more information can be found on the Geography web pages.
Laura Higgins (Drama and Theatre) is producing a series of multimedia installations for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Each installation will explore a key topic such as ‘Shakespeare and History ; ‘Shakespeare and Geography’ ; ‘Shakespeare and Love’ and ‘Shakespeare and Spirituality’ and will be available in time for the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth in 2014. Professor Liz Schafer is managing the project in collaboration with Rev. Dr Paul Edmondson at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Participatory arts projects with young migrants
Mara Lockwowandt (Media Arts) is recording the stories of young unaccompanied asylum seekers at risk of removal from the UK and post-removal. Working with the Refugee Support Network, she will be finding ways to interpret and reflect on this material creatively. The project, being managed by Sue Clayton, will gather research materials which may impact at a legal and policy level and explore issues around the notion of witnessing, the subjective voice, identity and self-representation through the creative arts.
Digital resources for Shakespearean performance history
Charlotte Keys and Sue Sachon (English) are determining demand for a digital archiving service that could be developed by Royal Holloway for materials created by performing arts SMEs. They are looking and the number and size of archives in need of preservation and the willingness of arts companies to work with Royal Holloway to archive them. Copyright and contractual issues are also being explored. Dr Christie Carson is managing the project.