Impacts of Dr Danae Tankard's research into furnishing and clothing of
the 17c. rural poor are evidenced for the Weald and Downland Open Air
Museum (WDOAM) and its staff and volunteers, for visitors to the
exhibit-house, Poplar Cottage, the Poplar Clothing Project exhibition and
for the interested public at large. It is a case of historical research
informing heritage practice and experience.
These impacts have been achieved through two projects, the first focusing
on informing a historically accurate interpretation of the furnishings of
the 17c. Poplar Cottage and the second recreating accurate replica
clothing for an exhibition and subsequent use by the WDOAM's
interpretation staff and volunteers. The enhanced visitor experience was
evaluated through a post-exhibition survey and the impact on the Museum
and its staff evidenced through training delivered and subsequent modified
practices and the additional press coverage arising from the exhibition.
Tankard is part-time (0.5Fte) senior lecturer at the University of
Chichester (since January 2008) and also part-time (0.5Fte) social
historian at the WDOAM.
This case study concerns the public understanding of history as a
practical discipline. Through a series of high-profile research
publications, popular articles, and textbooks, Professor John Tosh's
research has had an impact in two distinct ways. Firstly, these
publications have been incorporated into teaching and lecturing practice
internationally, influencing students' understanding of the discipline.
Secondly, they have had an impact on wider public understanding of history
as a practical discipline. The reach and significance of
this impact is demonstrated by publication sales and readership figures,
high-profile critical reception, political debate and wider public
A long established historian of disease and pollution in the nineteenth
century city, Bill Luckin is also an international figure in the history
of the `accidental' and the origins of the risk society. In recent years
he has moved closer to academics and practitioners in the fields of
planning, transport and mobility studies. The author of several books and
numerous articles, Bill Luckin is completing a readily accessible history
of drink driving in Britain, aimed at road safety planners and activists
and general readers. The overriding concern is with what Luckin calls the
`social relations of mobility'.
Professor Karen Sayer's research on the rural, `Nature' and the
countryside, farming and the farmed animal in the Modern period, has
informed three TV series (Victorian Farm, Edwardian Farm, Wartime Farm)
viewed by millions in the UK and worldwide. These extremely popular series
have had a major impact within public understandings of not only the
history of agriculture and its strategic importance, but also rural social
history within British society. Sayer's input ensured a historically
accurate representation of the past and, in the case of Wartime Farm,
brought the rural experience into the discourse of World War II, which so
often focuses on the urban. This impact has been further developed through
a partnership with the Yorkshire Museum of Farming where Sayer undertook
consultation with museum staff on exhibitions and displays.
Through accessible local history resources co-produced by academics and
Riden has helped to open up previously academic-focused research to new,
local audiences. He
has empowered amateur historians through new research skills to take an
active role in
documenting and thereby conserving their communities' histories (this has
publishing their own research). He has contributed to an improved quality
of visitor experience at a
local heritage organisation through providing new knowledge and confidence
to volunteer guides.
Through translating the co-produced resources for use in primary and
secondary schools, he has
given children new research skills which they have then used to develop
new understanding of
their community's history.
Newcastle research has informed public perceptions of marriage as an
institution in Britain and abroad by: (i) challenging cultural values and
social assumptions about marriage; (ii) expanding the sensibilities of
individuals on this subject; and (iii) extending the range and improving
the quality of evidence pertaining to the history of marriage and through
this enhancing public understanding of sexual health issues and informed
marriage equality debates.
Chartism (1838-58) was effectively Britain's civil rights movement.
Professor Malcolm Chase's research has helped drive a reappraisal of
Chartism that has asserted the movement's relevance to contemporary
British democracy and citizenship. The work has directly shaped
Parliament's representation of its own history and inspired a change in
its curatorial policy. It has also fuelled a broader rediscovery of the
movement as a grass-roots political and social movement engaging all
levels of society. Working with broadcast and print media, Chase has
developed public awareness of the political, social and international
dimensions of the movement and its centrality to the fight for democracy.
The work has also had significant impacts in Australia, promoting an
informed understanding of the black Chartist William Cuffay, and on the
family history community.
Research on the discipline of Dutch Studies conducted at UCL contributed
from the Raad voor de Nederlandse Taal en Letteren (Council for Dutch
Language and Literature),
providing policy advice to the Committee of Ministers overseeing the Dutch
Language Union, the
intergovernmental organisation responsible for the internal and external
language policies of the
Netherlands and Flanders. This in turn led to a new policy of the Dutch
Language Union, which
influences a €12 million annual budget supporting Dutch language
infrastructure across the world.
It also led to substantial worldwide debate amongst university teachers
and to changes in how
these subjects are taught and researched.
Through the establishing of a UNESCO Cultural Route, the Evliya Çelebi Way, Donna Landry's
research has influenced cultural policymakers in Turkey, created new opportunities for tourism,
promoted awareness of Ottoman and equestrian history internationally, and benefitted cultural
providers through collaborations. In 2009 Landry and her research team re-enacted for 40 days the
1671 horseback journey undertaken by the celebrated Ottoman travel-writer Evliya Çelebi en route
to Mecca. The team attracted media coverage and built links with local communities. Landry has
since collaborated in developing the Way and otherwise promoting Ottoman history and horseback
travel as resources capable of delivering economic and heritage benefits to Turkey.
Through a series of well-established knowledge exchange partnerships,
Leicester historians have enabled heritage organisations to identify a
research agenda to inform their strategy, create innovative tourist
information resources for historic sites in the UK, and manage the
transition of these resources from paper to digital media. The cumulative
impact of their contribution has been to extend the global reach of these
organisations, to improve the quality of visitor experiences of the
historic places they manage, to increase footfall and revenues at historic
sites, and to develop — and realise — new pathways for economic growth by
increasing demand for and strategic investment in heritage-based tourism.