Connected Communities ‘Festival’ 2014

Second Call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to contribute to the Festival Closing date for EOIs – 30th April 2014 As part of the Connected Communities Programme’s wider engagement activities, we are planning to hold a Festival in Cardiff during the week of 30th June 2014, including a major open public event on 1st and 2nd July 2014 to be Read more


Weathering the storm: Investigating community responses to adversity

Coal mining, ship building, steel making and the production of ceramics are just some of the many industrial areas in the UK that have been affected by economic, political and social change in recent decades. The closure of a factory, coal mine or shipyard can, of course, devastate a whole community. Read more


New First World War Engagement Centre Launched

Voices of War and Peace: the Great War and its legacy, one of 5 new AHRC First World War Engagement Centres, was publicly launched on March 21st at the Library of Birmingham, where the Centre is based. Read more


Early Career Researchers Opportunity

The call for Expressions of Interest to attend the ECR Workshop (with its associated funding opportunities) as part of the CC Festival in Cardiff is now live on the AHRC website. Read more


Connected Communities and Early Career Researchers workshop, 2 May 2014, City University London: Call for Participants

The Connected Communities programme has funded a research project that is exploring Early Career Researchers’ (ECR) experiences, with a focus on the methods they are using and how this shapes the type of researcher they are becoming. Read more


Carnivalising the Creative Economy: AHRC-supported Research on and with British Jazz Festivals

Festivals have become a pivotal economic driver in both the music industry and in the seasonal cultural economy. One recent report by Mintel suggests that the British music festival market is worth over £180 million per annum. Read more


AHRC Research Network on Community Music, final report meeting, 27 February 2014

‘Music is good for you’?… ‘The music [created] could be crap or not crap’… The culmination at Whitechapel Gallery, London, of a national set of workshops for community music (CM) scholars, practitioners, policy makers and funders through 2013. These took place in Norwich, Leeds, Manchester, London. The network was funded by AHRC, and was part of the Connected Communities Programme. Read more


Is the CC Programme creating a new sort of academic?

Over the past three months I have spoken to a number of ECRs through interviews and a focus group as part of the research Keri and I are doing on the CC programme (see previous blog here). Read more


How do different types of Community Partners value Co-production?

Since January I have been doing interviews with PIs, CO-Is, ECRs and Community Partners from CC projects as part of mine and Keri’s research (see earlier blog here). These conversations have been really enjoyable and I thought I would reflect on one of the ideas I am developing here. Read more


Beyond the Toolkit: Understanding & Evaluating Crafts Praxis for Health and Wellbeing

Falmouth University: 19-20 February 1914 This Arts and Humanities-funded Symposium organised by Dr Fiona Hackney, Associate Professor Design Cultures & Community Engagement in collaboration with Arts for Health Cornwall, explores the benefits of creative making for health and well-being. Read more