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Affective Digital Histories: New App in development

Posted: Thu, 29 May 2014 22:03

Work will shortly be commencing on the development of a new location based app for Glossop in Derbyshire. The app will geo-locate a range of historical resources including oral histories, photographs, information and most exciting of all 3D reconstructions of Mill buildings some of which have now either been demolished or re-purposed. The team creating the app have previously built a similar for the Jewry Wall Museum which brings Roman Leicester back to life using both Augmented and Virtual reality technologies.

For more information contact Nick Higgett.

Affective Digital Histories: Re-creating Britain's De-industrial Places, 1970s to the Present: Online Collection

Posted: Wed, 07 May 2014 15:18

This collection contains digitised resources created and repurposed by the AHRC Affective Digital Histories project. The project investigates how community ties and bonds have changed, and continue to change, through periods of decline and regeneration of urban landscapes in some of Britain's post-industrial towns and cities. Leicester's Cultural Quarter and Glossop's Howard Town and Whitfield Ward are the foci of archival, digital and commissioned work undertaken by a team of academics at the University of Leicester and external partners.

The period from the 1970s to the 1990s form the backdrop to stories 'out there' that have not been told or researched for what they can tell us about people's emotional 'feel' for a place that they and their community might have been part of in the late twentieth-century of British manufacturing history. These stories form an important tapestry of information about how certain communities think about, feel and use physical spaces that have undergone regeneration in recent decades. In Leicester, for instance, these include dance halls, rave venues and alternative clubs for a variety of uses.

This project, therefore, aims to bring together existing research on historical and heritage sites that have fallen into disuse and/or disrepair and that are now undergoing some kind of regeneration by city and local councils. Having done this, the researchers and community participants will then work closely together to develop a digital archive of open and publicly accessible data that forms a repository of some of the stories of communities that used, worked and played in these buildings.

Creative Writing Commissions: Awards Made

Posted: Wed, 07 May 2014 10:56

Affective Digital Histories has awarded eight creative writing commissions. Congratulations are due to:

  • Divya Ghelani, 'An Imperial Typewriter' (flash fiction)
  • Sarah Butler, 'Textiles: Spinning Stories in Glossop's Mills' (flash fiction)
  • David Devanny, 'Five Multiplatform Poems for Leicester's Cultural Quarter' (poetry)
  • Mark Goodwin, 'Loss and Possibilities @ Glossop Mills' (poetry)
  • Carol Leeming, 'Love the Life You Live...Live the Life You Love' (choreopoem)
  • Pete Kalu, 'Five Glossop Cats' (radio play)
  • Irfan Master, 'For the Love of Something' (radio play)
  • Kevan Manwaring, 'Marginalia: Graffiti, Urban Coding and the Semiotics of the Street' (historical narrative non-fiction)

The writing commissions have been envisioned as a means of exploring the afterlife of industrial buildings in Leicester and Glossop, as well as the relationships between people who might have used them. The commissions will contribute substantially to the task of re-imagining urban history in the East Midlands.

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