The impact of our research benefits the larger community in many ways, in the UK, and in other countries where our research is conducted. As well as many examples of broader engagement through public engagement or broadcasts, specialist research informs work in museums and professional archaeology. The Department lends support to schools and the wider public through its contribution to the Classical Association of the South West.
Current projects which are specially focused on conferring benefit on the broader community include:
Migration, identity and place
An AHRC-funded, ‘follow-on’ project on migration, identity and place led by Elena Isayev, working with asylum seekers and schoolchildren in Swansea. The aim is to use art and community activities to enable each of the groups involved to develop and revise their ideas about migration, identity and place and about the other group. Visit the Future Memory in Place project page.
Ancient medical and psychotherapeutic methods
A project exploring the implications of ancient medical and psychotherapeutic methods for current debates and practices in healthcare. Christopher Gill and John Wilkins are working with experts and practitioners of healthcare (including psychological healthcare), examining especially the possible practical implications of the ancient focus on preventative medicine rather than drugs or surgery. Visit the project page and blog.
Sex and history
Collaborative projects working with museums, young people and a wide range of partners from the culture, health and education sectors across the South West region, implementing a methodoloogy developed by Rebecca Langlands and Kate Fisher which uses sexually-themed artefacts from past cultures held in museum collections to engage audiences in creative exploration of contemporary issues relating to sex and relationships. Visit the project page for more information.