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Dr Freyja Cox Jensen

Public engagement

I have been awarded grants from the Catalyst project, and the University's Research and Knowledge Transfer fund, to undertake a series of Public Engagement activities.  These currently centre on two projects: 'The Tragedy of Thomas Merry', with Emma Whipday, and a project on popular song, with Oskar Cox Jensen. 

The biggest 'Merry' event so far is a public performance of the play in London, in March 2014, staged in collaboration with a group of professional actors.  Other events include a TedX talk at Goodenough College, London, and a series of  public workshops.  These range from creative response workshops with practitioners in the performing and visual arts, to weekend and evening workshops for anybody interested, and a Year 10 Focus Day, involving 200 students from Highworth Grammar School in Kent. 

The popular song project has used the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in 2015 to engage members of the public through music, and we are working with partners including the British Museum, English Heritage, The National Portrait Gallery, Dove Cottage Wordsworth Museum, The Royal Logistics Corp, The Army & Navy Club, and several schools and community groups in Devon. 

With Prof. James Clark, Prof. Henry French, and Dr Laura Sangha, I'm working in partnership with Wells Cathedral Library and its volunteers, to explore how we might develop their visitor experience.  I have also set up a relationship between Exeter and The Cullompton Walronds Trust, Devon, to deliver for the local community a series of events and activities based on early modern history and literature.  The ongoing History Group talks continue to be a great success; we have contributed to an early modern 'fair'; and a range of drama workshops with members of local amateur dramatic societies has so far led to the staging of one 'lost' Tudor play in the Hall of The Walronds itself.