Research rooted in place
Being Human is all about getting out of the classroom and off campus and encourages researchers to connect with relevant local places and spaces – with this year’s festival taking place in over 120 venues and locations!
Walking tours continue to be very popular in the festival, with most of this year’s tours being fully booked across the board. ‘Early Modern Latin in London’ took groups from the Tower of London to St Paul’s, winding down the River Thames, exploring the buildings and sights along the way. In Bristol, ‘Magic and Mayhem in Medieval Bristol’ revealed hidden charms and places and uncovered forgotten stories of old Bristol and those who lived there.
Tours were also sought-after in Australia, where the weather looked a little brighter, with our international Hub hosts at the University of Melbourne leading guided walks exploring the rich tapestry of death and memorialisation in the city, amongst many other activities.
The Lancashire Tongues pop-up at Burnley Market invited passers-by and marketgoers to get involved in Lancaster University’s study on the diversity of Lancashire dialect.
In Liverpool, a series of activities at Sefton Park Palm House offered a fitting location to explore nonsense botany, inspired by Edward Lear – with hundreds of local school children and families enjoying poetry, craft, planting, and a treasure hunt.
In Glasgow, an event at community museum Fairfield Heritage explored the histories and life aboard the last transatlantic Ocean Liners built on the River Clyde, with guests hosted by enterprising passengers “Muriel” and “Jasper” – including Scottish First Minster Humza Yousaf who stopped by to pay a visit!
And in Canterbury, St. Paul’s Church hosted a workshop exploring the life and work of Canterbury-born 17th century playwright and poet Aphra Behn, her Christian faith and her prayer poetry.
As part of this year’s festival we also saw craft activities in shopping centres and cafes, creative writing in a botanical garden, cabaret in a hotel, badge-making in a bookshop, singing in a park, poetry and performance in pubs, screenings and discussions in cinemas, and walking and writing in a nature reserve – a testament to the innovative and creative spirit of the festival.
A huge thank you to everyone involved in planning and delivering events as part of this year’s national festival! And thanks to all those who attended an event.
To find out more about the festival please visit the festival website. The call for applications to take part in Being Human 2024 will open in early 2024.