Alison Rowlands' research on witch-trials in Rothenburg ob der Tauber and
its rural hinterland
provides the first ever scholarly study of witch-trials in this territory.
The findings of this research
have challenged the stereotype of the witch as an old woman and have shown
the motivations of
witch-hunters to have been much more complicated than previously thought.
This research has
informed Rowlands' public engagement programme `What is a `Witch'?', which
public misconceptions of the history of witchcraft, brought benefits to
cultural institutions with which
she has collaborated, and contributed to local and national Key Stage 2,
3, and A Level school
Moving Memories was a participatory research project which used
BBC North West and other archive film footage to re-connect people of
Caribbean, Sikh and Irish heritage in Moss Side and Hulme with the visual
record of their settlement in Manchester from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Local people enriched these visual histories with personal memories,
interpreting, reflecting, linking across generations, and generating pride
in their community's contribution to Manchester's broader historical
narrative. The project is a model of exemplary practice for the applied
use of archive material in BME contexts, demonstrating how shared
story-telling challenges stereotypes of inner- city, multi-ethnic
neighbourhoods and improves community cohesion.