For the past year the Sheffield-based Americana band The Payroll Union have been working alongside our historians to explore the ways in which we tell stories about the past. An event was held at Library Theatre in Sheffield on 30th May, where the band performed all 13 songs and complimented the performance through images, lyrics and text. A discussion panel was also present to explore the themes of the project.
You can read the band’s personal account of the project here.
The Payroll Union’s official website
We are delighted to invite you to the above afternoon event that is being hosted by the Research Exchange for the Social Sciences (RESS). We will be welcoming Martien Kuitenbrouwer (District Mayor, West Amsterdam) and Dr David Laws (Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam) who will present their story of eight years working together in the City of Amsterdam. They will explore what has been successful in their own partnerships and provide a picture of the commitments, goals, and forms of interaction that are needed to make a researcher/practitioner partnership work.
We will then be showcasing presentations from two University of Sheffield projects: Furnace Park Sandpit Project – Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson and; Engaging urban ethnic minority communities in heritage and environmental issues – Dr Esme Cleall and Dr Chamundeeswari Kuppuswamy. The academics will be joined by their partners and collaborators to present. We will end the day with a broad discussion around ways of interactive, collaborative and co-produced working.
Based in the Department of History, ‘Project Alex’ is a new initiative exploring ways to embed public engagement in research-led teaching. Led by Dr Catherine Fletcher, Lecturer in Public History, the project centres on the life and times of Alessandro de’ Medici, first duke of Florence (ruled 1531-37). The illegitimate son of an African slave, Simonetta, and Lorenzo, duke of Urbino, Alessandro was the first ‘black’ head of state in the modern West but his life is relatively little-known.
Though ‘Project Alex’ begins with research into Alessandro and his court – and will end with the usual academic publications – the public engagement element has been in place right from the start of the archive work this summer. A blog discussing the research process has been launched and currently features entries from both Dr Fletcher and SURE bursary-holder Emma Newman. Emma worked on the project over the summer alongside Leyla Yilmaz, a third-year undergraduate who has been helping to develop schools workshops funded through the Arts Enterprise scheme. The first pilot workshops will be held in November at Notre Dame School and Worksop College, with a project launch following on Monday 25 November, 5.30pm in the Jessop West foyer (colleagues very welcome).
Since the start of term the project has had twenty new contributors in the form of two first-year student groups on the History Workshop module. They are learning about the research process by joining in bibliographic research, discussing source analysis and considering the existing literature related to the project – just as in the usual research-led teaching model. But they are also able, right from the start of their degree, to contribute to its public face via the blog and workshops, a Facebook page, exhibits for the project launch and a Twitter account, @alexmedicidux. We look forward to bringing you more news as the project progresses.
Off The Shelf presents Project Sunshine: How Science Can Use the Sun to Fuel and Feed the World with Professor Tony Ryan and Steve McKevitt (PhD student in History)
It’s an astonishing fact that capturing all the energy in just one hour’s worth of sunlight would enable us to meet the planet’s food and energy needs for an entire year. Project Sunshine tells how scientists are working to reconnect us to the ‘solar economy’, harnessing the power of the sun and ending dependence on ‘fossilised sunshine’ in the form of coal, oil and gas.
Tony Ryan and Steve McKevitt take us through history to see how our world became the place it is today, before moving on to the cutting-edge science and technology that will enable us to live happily in a sustainable future.
Professor Tony Ryan OBE is the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Science at the University of Sheffield where he leads Project Sunshine. Steve McKevitt is an expert in consumerism and communications, an author and government adviser on business innovation.
In collaboration with University of Sheffield Student’s Union.
In association with the University of Sheffield Public Engagement with Research Team.