External Engagement partnerships and collaborations extend to the public, private and voluntary sectors in London, the Midlands, Europe, China, and the U.S. I have been interviewed on the BBC and Leicester Radio on several occasions between 2013 and the present.
A key highlight in 2016 was the display of 3D prints, photographs of the digital memory video booth, our book of creative commissions and 3D soundscapes at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in the summer of 2015. Over 20,000 people walked through the doors that weekend and 'Affective Digital Histories' was curated and presented to many interested, engaged and curious members of the digital literati!
Other highlights include extensive press coverage and public engagement on the 'Affective Digital Histories' project, including the following press briefings that reached over 200,000 people in 2015:
‘Leicester Cultural Quarter’s post-industrial past to be explored through creative writing’ – Feb 7 2014
AHRC news: ‘Researchers and Communities join forces to harness the power of digital technology’ – Nov 18 2013
Press release: ‘The Sounds of the Cultural Quarter’ – 21 March 2014
Colin Hyde, Dr Andrew Hill and I were interviewed by John Hess for BBC East Midlands Today (regional news programme) on 30 Jul 2014. The BBC estimates that 95,000 people watched the lunchtime bulletin and 220,000 watched the evening programme, with an audience share of 35%: a potential overall audience of 300,000.
UoL Press Release: ‘New apps reveal hidden stories of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter’ – 20 Nov 2014. https://www2.le.ac.uk/news/blog/2014-archive-1/november/new-apps-reveal-hidden-stories-of-leicester2019s-cultural-quarter.
Fisher, Samantha, ‘Leicester's Cultural Quarter brought alive with new apps featuring sounds from the 1970s onwards’, Leicester Mercury, 28 Nov 2014. http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Apps-sounds-past-present-bring-alive-Leicester-s/story-24835446-detail/story.html
A public-facing website has been set up for the project: http://affectivedigitalhistories.org.uk/ It is regularly updated with blog posts from team members, reflecting on the research process and news items. This social media presence is augmented with an active Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/affective) with over 100 followers and a Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Affective-Digital-Histories/817889658240934). These are used to publicise news and events, as well as providing another platform by which to disseminate research findings and engage with members of the general public.
The AHRC’s ‘Cultural Value’ Project Blog also featured the project in great detail, written by Prof. Andrew Prescott, AHRC Research Theme Fellow and Professor of Digital Humanities (formerly at King’s College) and now based at the University of Glasgow. Titled ‘The Value of Memory,’ his post is at: https://culturalvalueproject.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/guest-post-andrew-prescott-the-values-of-memory/
SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY, CITY AND REGION
Judge, College of Arts Humanities and Law, Leverhulme Doctoral Award Committee
Member, Leverhulme Doctoral Award Scheme for theme on ‘Survival’ (shortlisted as final six proposals), 2014
Committee Member on the University’s Digital Humanities Advisory Board, 2013-present
Member of the Research and Evaluation Committee, City of Culture Bid 2017 (with Loughborough University, De Montfort University and the Leicester County and City Councils)