Filmmaking and The Engaged Curriculum

Undergraduate student researcher Ryan Bramley from the School of English shares his plans for working on this project which is supported by the Engaged Curriculum Funding Stream.

The ‘Filmmaking and The Engaged Curriculum’ project was originally inspired by a personal interest of mine in the social history of Barnsley, my hometown. As a relatively small town in South Yorkshire that had, like many other northern regions, suffered as a consequence of post-industrialism, I was particularly interested in the resilience of my local community through periods of hardship in recent years. In this regard, one event in particular stands out as a talking point that, even today, surpasses all others in its controversy: the Miners’ Strike of 1984-5. Thirty years on, the ‘sense of community’ that is said to have existed then is something that is spoken of rather nostalgically back home today, especially by the older generations who lived through it and witnessed its effects – the same is rarely said of today. I wanted to discover the extent to which the perceived zeitgeist of social togetherness actually existed during this period, and determine whether it survived the aftermath of the notorious strike – or was destroyed by it. Continue reading