Civil Society & Social Innovation

How can individuals and communities make their voices heard, what are the barriers to community empowerment and how can social innovation and wider participation be enhanced?

Diasporic Film in Communities

The Diasporic Film in Communities project set out to critically examine the role of Diasporic film culture in Diasporic communities through an exploration of three postcolonial publics (African-Caribbean, Chinese and South Asian). Read more

University of the Village

University of the Village interrogated the barriers facing rural communities in accessing university outreach programmes. Read more

Community gardening, creativity and everyday culture: Video

This film tells the story of a one-day event in September, 2012, in Tablehurst Farm in Sussex, which was designed to celebrate the cooperation of three different food growing communities. Read more

Weathering the Storm: A Podcast on Bridging the Gap between Academic Theory and Community Relevance

The closure of a factory, coal mine or shipyard can, of course, devastate a whole community. This project is discovering more about the stories and experiences of people who have faced such adversity. Read more

Untold Stories workshop, Video

The workshop explored ideas around community and volunteering. Symbols and poems about community are shared and enacted. Read more

Ystrad Mynach Male Voice Choir, Video

This short film tells the story of the development and aims of the Ystrad Mynach Male Voice choir. Read more

Revolutionising our understanding of Southwell, Video

Southwell Archaeology is a multi-period, interdisciplinary fieldwork project investigating the historic minster town of Southwell, Nottinghamshire in its wider landscape setting. Read more

Aggie’s Christmas Spirit

The project team gathered local people together in a village pub and brought the university to them – through the use of technology and super fast broadband. As part of the project, participants made a film about their village and village life – Aggie’s Christmas Spirit. Read more

Experiencing the Digital World: Pararchive, Video

Simon Popple, University of Leeds, discusses his Parachive project, which aims to create digital resources for community groups interested in some aspect of heritage. Read more