Archive Making: Material Stories of Migration

Dr Veronica Barnsley, University Teacher in the School of English, tells us about her project which has received funding from the Engaged Curriculum initiative.

The project is a creative exploration of narratives of migration that begins with objects (real or imagined) that have a particular resonance for participants and therefore form part of a mobile ‘archive’ around which stories can be made. The aim is to explore whether it is possible and valuable to create archives that explore, connect and preserve the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees in Sheffield. Continue reading

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Voices of the Bottle Ovens: Oral history in Stoke-on-Trent

Dr Chris Montgomery, Lecturer in Dialectology at the University, tells us about his project’s progress.

The project is now complete, and the new audio files have been uploaded to the phones in the Gladstone Pottery Museum. The project permitted the update of exiting audio files, and the installation of a new phone and audio sample in the mouldmakers’ room, further enhancing the visitor experience at the museum. Continue reading

Shakespeare in Schools: A project update

Dr Tom Rutter, Lecturer in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama in the School of English, gives a brief update on the progress of his project.

March 11, and I’ve received an email from Julian Fisher at High Storrs about likely pupil numbers. We’ve all-but-confirmed a date this summer (I’d better not give it here just in case it changes) so things are progressing.

Julian also mentions the Shakespeare texts that will be most familiar to Y11s and Y12s, or most useful for their studies. These are Twelfth Night and Macbeth – an appealing blend of festive comedy and murderous violence!

The next milestone will be to advertise to students the module informed by this project that is to run in 2015-16. It’s a little strange to be doing this before the project has been carried out. However, my hope is that students interested in doing the module will apply to work on the project, creating a helpful synergy between the different stages.

Shakespeare in schools module planning project

Dr Tom Rutter, Lecturer in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama in the School of English, tells us about his project which has received support from the Engaged Curriculum funding stream.

Students meet sixth formers at A University outreach event.

Students meet sixth formers at a University outreach event.

This initiative will support a group of students to plan (in 2014-15) a project that will first run in 2015-16 on the LIT3052: Project Module convened by Dr Brendan Stone and Dr David Forrest. The students will be funded to take part in discussions with staff and pupils from High Storrs School, Sheffield about how undergraduates from the School of English might support the teaching of Shakespeare in schools within the parameters of LIT3052. Continue reading

Looking back on ‘Filmmaking and the Engaged Curriculum’: Why I’m so proud of Born of Coal

Barnsley Main - the last remaining pithead in Barnsley

Barnsley Main – the last remaining pithead in Barnsley

Undergraduate student researcher Ryan Bramley from the School of English shares his experience of working on an Engaged Curriculum Funding Stream project.

Well, I did it. There were early summer mornings where I considered taking the easy option and calling it quits, but I made it in the end. Being out in the field; having conversations with real-life people; learning new things from previously unheard voices, then making a film to allow those voices to be heard by many more – it might seem odd to hear the doubts of a researcher doing something that they love, and you’d be right to question me for doing so. Continue reading

Deep-mapping the Seven Hills of Sheffield

Dr Dave Forrest, Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sheffield, tells us about a new interdisciplinary project within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

This project will involve undergraduates from different modules at Level 2 and Level 3 in the School of English, and from Level 2 in the Department of Archaeology working together to produce a multi-layered reading of the city of Sheffield, which will explore issues of cohesion, culture and history, and which will inform and draw from current TUoS priority themes in learning and teaching, research, and public engagement. The project has a close fit with themes emerging through the Achieve More programme. Continue reading

Voices of the Bottle Ovens: Oral history in Stoke-on-Trent

Dr Chris Montgomery, lecturer in dialectology at the University of Sheffield, tells us about his project which has received support from the Engaged Curriculum Project.

This project will see students studying English Language and Linguistics work in partnership with the Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, to create oral history excerpts for visitors to the museum. These excerpts will be selected and edited using a pre-existing oral history archive stored by Stoke-on-Trent’s museums.

The Gladstone Pottery Museum is a well-attended working pottery museum in Stoke-on-Trent which demonstrates the processes of traditional pottery making in the heart of an area renowned for its ceramic production. It is constantly seeking to further engage visitors with all aspects of the site, one way of which is to use its oral history collection.

The oral history collection, linguistic aspects of which are currently being studied by Hannah Leach, a PhD student at the University of Sheffield, is an otherwise underused resource. The students working on this project will provide a way to bring the voices of those involved to new listeners, and allow increased engagement with the museum. The audio excerpts will be housed in converted phones in the museum’s Gladstone Room, which is to be re-launched to mark the 40th anniversary of the museum’s opening

The aims of the project are:

  • To involve students in a project that requires them to work in partnership with the Gladstone Pottery Museum and its staff
  • To produce audio excerpts for the museum that will further increase engagement amongst visitors
  • To work with an underused resource in order to tell the stories of the people recorded and publicise the archive

Further blog posts will detail the progress of the project, and a launch event will take place in January 2015.