Performing the Past
White Rose Collaboration Fund
Project Leader: Dr Vicky Crewe (University of Sheffield)
This project capitalizes on the potential offered across WRUC to develop innovative multi-disciplinary methods for investigating and disseminating working-class histories (c.1800-1930), through collaboration with regional heritage organisations. Once regarded as being accessible only as the subjects of ‘official’ documents, working-class communities have recently begun to be analysed in new ways, as the material remains they produced and used − including autobiographies, diaries, poetry, photographs, paintings, material culture – have emerged as rich sources of information. Alongside this exciting body of research, pioneering – if hitherto uncoordinated – work to deliver this heritage has recently commenced, as witnessed by collaborations with the National Coal Mining Museum (UoL), York Archaeological Trust (UoY), and Point Blank Theatre Company (UoS). The network seeks to coordinate these research strands, bringing together academics and doctoral students from archaeology, history and literature, with those from film studies, theatre, performance, and museum studies in order to generate new models for telling stories about the past, drawing on the potential of practice-based methodologies. The network will benefit from the input of professionals in Yorkshire’s cultural heritage industries, to initiate collaborations across the region and explore funding opportunities.