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Professor John Plunkett

Public engagement

I am deeply committed to encouraging Public Engagement in universities and have been involved in a number of project promoting public engagement and impact. In 2013, I was one of four Champions for Public Engagement withing the university, helping to promote best practise as part of the Catalyst project.

I am currently working on a project 'Science at the Seaside; Pleasure Hunts in North Devon' with Ilfracombe Museum and Dr Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi (Bath Spa University).

Previously, I have been involved with collaborative events with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, and the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum.  In 2012, I was involved in a collaboration with the BFI, making a short film on Dickens and the Magic Lantern, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omuDMHj0TZY. As part of the AHRC funded project on popular visual entertainments in the south-west 1800-1914, we put on a free touring exhibited that visited a number of public libraries in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset in in 2011-12.

Contribution to discipline

I have contribued to the discipline in a number of ways. From 2006-12, I served as Treasurer of the British Association for Victorian Studies. I have also served as external examiner for BA programmes at Roehampton, MA in Victorian Culture at Royal Holloway, and examined PhDs at Birkbeck College and the Courtauld Institute.  

I serve on the editorial board, 19: Interdiscplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century and the Journal of Victorian Culture. I also regularly review manuscripts for publishers and journals, including Early Popular Visual Culture, Victorian Studies, Nineteenth Century Contexts, History: Journal of the Historical Association, Oxford University Press, Broadview Press, Ashgate, Open University Press, Rethinking History: the Journal of Theory and Practice, McGraw-Hill, Journal of Design History, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the long Nineteenth Century.