The History Department's Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture
(CSCC) employed its research expertise in religious history to improve the
understanding and sustainability of historic churches and cathedrals.
These together form England's largest single 'estate' of built heritage
with over 11 million visitors each year. From 2008 the Centre developed an
extensive programme of national partnerships, which have led to
significant and wide-reaching impact:
(i) creating new aids to help visitors engage with sacred sites
(ii) encouraging tourism and enhancing access to these national and
international heritage sites for people from all cultural and faith
(iii) delivering professional development activities for clergy, lay
leaders, church architects, diocesan staff, heritage staff and volunteers
Departmental staff Mike Pearson, Mike Brookes and Simon Banham conceived,
directed theatre productions of Aeschylus's The Persians (2010)
for NTW's launch season
and Coriolan/us for NTW in the World Shakespeare Festival/London
2012 at sites outside the
The impacts of these productions are upon:
1) Cultural life — in generating new forms of artistic expression,
delivering innovative performance
products, and enriching public appreciation, understanding and
2) Policy and practice — in enhancing the status of NTW, informing and
programming and demonstrating that work of international standard can be
3) Professional practice — in pioneering and contributing original ideas,
methods and approaches.
Staging Russian plays in British theatres presents specific difficulties,
ranging from the remoteness of cultural and historical points of reference
down to the complexity of Russian names. Dr Curtis's interpretative,
biographical and editorial studies of Russian drama have assisted
companies such as the RSC, the National Theatre, the Belgrade Theatre
(Coventry) and Complicité to overcome these barriers to staging Russian
plays. She has achieved this through running educational workshops for the
companies, talks, translations, event planning, help to props and other
departments, and the writing of theatre programmes, bringing cultural and
educational enrichment to professionals and public.
Despite the great public appetite for knowledge about life in Tudor England, until Steve Gunn
undertook a huge study of coroners' records, we knew very little about how people lived — and died.
Some of his findings shine new light on famous figures, such as the family of William Shakespeare.
Others show how ordinary people lived — at work, at home, travelling or relaxing. They reveal the
similarities and contrasts between dangers faced by our ancestors and those in modern life. The
research has inspired enormous public interest, and it has also provided a historical perspective for
organisations concerned with the implementation of health and safety policy.
Jackson has provided professional enhancement for directors and
actors by bringing his
research-led insight into the texts and acting traditions of
Shakespearean theatre to bear on
the preparation of scripts for performances. He has achieved this through
rehearsals, working at a detailed level of interpretation and performance.
His research has also
enhanced cultural enrichment for audiences through such forms of public
engagement as essays
in theatre programmes.
Deborah Cameron's research focuses on the relationship between gender and
language, using sociolinguistic evidence and contemporary theories of
gender and identity to examine and challenge widespread beliefs about the
differing verbal abilities and behaviour of men and women. Through
broadcasting, public speaking and engagement with non-academic
professional groups, including secondary school English teachers, Cameron
communicates the results of her (and others') research to a broad audience
in Britain and internationally. She has raised awareness of
sociolinguistic approaches to gender, has provided resources for
professionals concerned with issues of equality and diversity, and has
contributed to the public understanding of science.
The impact of the research has two elements:
Romeo & Juliet in Performance: collaboration with the
organisation Film Education on the production of a DVD-based interactive
teaching resource for GCSE English (2013).
Jacobean City Comedy. The editing/adaptation, rehearsing,
public performances, and filming of Thomas Middleton's A Mad World, My
Masters and John Marston's The Dutch Courtesan (2011 and
2013). The first project has proved a significant teaching resource with
more than 1700 schools nationwide already using it in their teaching. The
second project entails significant public engagement through performances,
workshops and talks, and educational outreach events, while a website
further facilitates and tracks on-going discussion between scholars,
theatre professionals and the wider public.
Dr Kuhn's research has established him since the mid-1990s as one of the
world's leading experts on the modernist poet, playwright and cultural
commentator Bertolt Brecht. He has worked to increase the public
understanding of Brecht's work, to make good translations with reliable
commentaries widely available, and to enhance the quality of Brecht
theatre productions. Besides his involvement with (non-academic)
publishing, he has worked directly with theatres and drama colleges,
providing advice and workshops, revising translations, writing programme
notes, and improving the quality of performance of Brecht's work.
Beneficiaries include theatre audiences, school students, general readers,
the publishing industry, the performing arts, and cultural life in
Research conducted by Warwick's Centre for Educational Development,
Appraisal and Research (CEDAR) provided vital supporting evidence for the
continuation of funding for two Government sponsored educational schemes:
the Dance and Drama Award scheme run by the Department for Education (DfE)
and subsequently the Learning and Skills Council and the Royal Shakespeare
Company's (RSC) Learning and Performance Network. Performing arts colleges
and their students, as well as the wider creative economy, have benefitted
from CEDAR's recommendation to the Government to continue the DaDA Scheme,
resulting in a £14m per annum investment in the performing arts sector,
whilst the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) commissioned
CEDAR to evaluate the impact of the RSC's Learning and Performance Network
(LPN) on teachers and learners, resulting in a successful bid by the RSC
for funding to continue the LPN. The research also fed into the
development of a collaborative practitioner training programme with the
RSC, Teaching Shakespeare, launched in 2012.
New studies at the University of Warwick into the writing, production and
reading of philosophical works in Renaissance Italy have reassessed the
importance of works written in the vernacular language for the diffusion
of classical philosophy (1400-1650). The research findings have improved
the quality of catalogue entries for relevant holdings in libraries and a
database, and have enhanced the knowledge of librarians working with these
collections worldwide. The research has been communicated to professionals
and the general public internationally, particularly in Italy, the US and
the UK. The research has also been used to inform pedagogical activities
for adult learners and secondary school students.