This case study describes creative educational work carried out by Dr
Abigail Williams in collaboration with professional musicians to bring
alive the details of 18th century popular culture found in poetic and
musical miscellanies. Williams selected from the c.1400 surviving
miscellanies to create site specific performances in UK historic and
museum venues. She has worked with museums, schools and radio to develop
curatorial resources for presenting book-based cultural-historical
evidence not easily appreciated via the standard museum or library display
of written texts. Her research data also brought knowledge exchange
benefits to a Canada-based computer technology business.
Labour Left, the Labour Party Think Tank, is a grassroots organisation
developing new public discourses that aim to move Labour towards an
ethical socialist position. Professor Beverley Clack works with Labour
Left to provide intellectual support for developing Labour Party policy.
Her research, which focuses on a common wellbeing, has been used to inform
debate in the party around notions of ethical socialism as the basis for
policy. She has contributed to public events, including two fringe events
at the Labour Party Conferences of 2011 and 2012, collaborated with Mags
Waterhouse in producing a blog for the Huffington Post, and contributed a
chapter to The Red Book on the theme of ethical socialism.
The Henry III Fine Rolls Project has reshaped understanding of the period
between Magna Carta and the birth of the parliamentary state by
preserving, conserving and presenting cultural heritage, and influencing
the ideas of the profession. The Project has created a free, online
English translation of the medieval Latin fine rolls of Henry III, housed
in the National Archives (http://www.finerollshenry3.org.uk/index.html),
bringing a vast body of previously unpublished primary material into the
public domain that is now used extensively by archivists, genealogists,
local historians, heritage organisations, teachers and researchers
worldwide, who are interested in the history of thirteenth-century
England. Thousands of new users for this resource have been engaged via
Attwell and Attridge's paradigm-shifting research on the culturally and
linguistically diverse literary history of South Africa has had a
significant influence on the country's reassessment of its cultural past,
present and future. In a national situation in which literature has always
been embedded in political life, apartheid divisions left different racial
and linguistic groups out of touch with each other's literary heritage.
Attridge and Attwell undertook to bridge these differences by producing
the first comprehensive history of literature across all languages and in
all periods, widely seen as a major step forward in national
cross-cultural awareness. The key beneficiaries are a range of political,
cultural, media and educational institutions, and the people served by
them, in South Africa and across the world.
The University of Huddersfield's performance-led research into the
consort of viols and its relationship to the voice has resulted in
familiar repertory being heard in new ways and the performance of music
largely unknown to modern audiences. This work has earned international
recognition through public performances, lecture-recitals, commercial CDs
and radio broadcasts, influencing instrument makers, performers, concert
promoters and audiences. Its importance is further evidenced by a close
association with the National Centre for Early Music, advising on and
leading events and the award of a £268,000 AHRC grant for the project The
Making of the Tudor Viol.
This case study describes the impact of 15 years of research on the
health and well-being of people with severe and complex disabilities.
Through collaboration with education and disability services,
research-based guidance has been developed on communication intervention
and safe eating and drinking, informing:
Outputs are also cited in many education, health and social care internet
advice sources (see sections 4 and 5).
The project is inspired by an impact agenda, its aim being to benefit
many constituencies by making its research freely available on its
website. The research is making a major contribution to public
understanding of Magna Carta and helping to shape the agenda for the
celebrations of its 800th anniversary in 2015. The resource
encourages active involvement in history by many beneficiaries — local
communities, family historians, the heritage industry, university
students, and schools (where the reform of the history curricula
re-emphasies this period of history) — allowing them to connect with their
past in meaningful and hitherto impossible ways.
Our theoretical and empirical work in the area of normal childbirth and
associated cultural and contextual issues has been cited in two NICE
guidelines, in professional body standards, and national consumer group
websites (AIMS, NCT, BirthChoiceUK). One study provided the catalyst for
the UK's Normal Birth Campaign (http://www.rcmnormalbirth.org.uk/
and international successors, and influenced the definition of normal
birth in UK National Statistics. The programme has generated: significant
media coverage; an EU funded network including 26 countries that is
influencing the international normal birth debate; recognition as
international change agents in this area (http://econpapers.repec.org/paper/emnwpaper/023.htm,
leading to the award of an OBE.