Public engagement

The Department of Arts and Cultural Industries has strong relationships with the Arts and Cultural Sectors across Bristol. We also work collaboratively with a wide range of communities and industry partners across the region. This supports our students to develop their professional skills and experience and to generate excellent graduate employment opportunities.

Connecting and working with our local and regional economy, businesses and communities offers students the opportunity to advance knowledge, and to advance the health, sustainability and prosperity of our locality. It also helps to build the skills, experience and networks that will enable them to succeed in their chosen sector after graduation.

Examples of projects

World War One at Home

Kent Fedorowich and Phil Hammond at the Balloon Fiesta

Kent Fedorowich, Reader in British Imperial History, and Charles Booth, Bristol Business School, have been instrumental in the formulation of the BBC World War One at Home project. It evolved from a regional pilot for BBC West, into a national project with a range of partners including the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Imperial War Museum. Kent’s input has been in a historical advisory role: suggesting stories, researching and confirming factual accuracy.

World War One at Home seeks to raise visibility and public consciousness about the global nature of the First World War. Frequently perceived as a Euro-centric conflict, non-Europeans played an important role in the conflict. For instance, over a million men from the British Empire died alongside white Europeans in the First World War, yet their story has been marginalised. Furthermore, their involvement in the conflict was broader than being engaged purely in combat: over 100,000 Chinese were forced into compulsory labour in France. The war therefore affected everyday life globally, and its impact and legacy should not be restricted to perceptions of attritional trench warfare and the Treaty of Versailles.

By undertaking roadshow events, such as ‘Black and Asian Perspectives on the First World War’ at M-Shed, World War One at Home has helped to raise the profile of the conflict, both regionally and nationally.

UWE Regional History Centre Launches its first film

The Ballad of Johnny Walford is the first film produced by UWE's Regional History Centre as part of 'Romancing the Gibbet', a collaborative project - and part of Being Human, the first UK Festival of the Humanities.

Romancing the Gibbet is an interdisciplinary project through which original historical research, poetry and experimental sound are melded together to make unique public performances at the sites of Georgian crime-scene executions in the West Country. For more information about the work of visit the Regional History Centre webpages.



UWE Arts and Cultural Industries and BBC Radio 4

The Department has strong links with local and national media, and staff frequently participate in broadcasts focused on specific projects or their areas of expertise. In this episode of BBC Radio 4's ‘Fry’s English Delight’, Professor Richard Coates talks to Stephen Fry about the ‘Family Names Project’ (FaNUK). FaNUK is the largest project ever undertaken in the UK on family names and is led by Richard and his team of researchers in Arts and Cultural Industries, in partnership with researchers in the Faculty of Informatics at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic who are experts in building user-friendly editing and browsing tools for very large databases.

Richard Coates with Stephen Fry

Learning Ships

Learning Ships was a partnership with Bristol Initiative Trust and the Royal Society for the Arts which aimed to encourage young people to consider heritage as a future career.



Bristol Food Connections

Bristol Food Connections

Bristol Food Connections was a live project and collaboration with BBC Radio Bristol, Love Food Festival and a wide range of other partners across the city which saw UWE Arts and Cultural Industries students working as part of a social media team covering the festival (for more details, please see the Storify of coverage from the event).

The Bear Pit Development Project

As part of the History in the Public Space Level 3 module, BA History students worked with this local community organisation and professionals from a wide range of sectors concerned with urban regeneration and future cities. They undertook historical research in support of the project to develop a series of murals for installation at St. James Barton (the Bear Pit) roundabout as part of this flagship Bristol regeneration project.

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