Creativity and Coproduction

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Date / time: 10 November, 12:00 pm

University of Bristol

Creativity and Coproduction

A workshop exploring the role and meanings of creativity in collaborative historical projects

University of Bristol, Friday 10th November 2017

All history is creative, in the sense that making history is a process of creating new things from the past. But in many ways, it makes even more sense to talk about creativity in relation to collaborative work. Working with different groups, institutions, and individuals involves adapting and improvising new ways to do history. Communicating histories beyond the places where they are produced involves imagination, empathy, and art.

The workshop asks:-

  • What does ‘creativity’ mean to you?
  • At which stages in the process of researching and producing histories does creativity come in, and how?
  • How can we foster and develop creativity among the different groups involved in making histories?
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch and registration
  • 13:00-14:00 Laura King (University of Leeds) ‘Collaborative creativity: The reflections of a historian on working with a theatre company, a community group and an artist’
  • 14:00-15:30 Linda Carver, Mark Charnley and Jacqueline Marston (Ancoats Dispensary Trust)‘Ancoats Dispensary Trust: A Grassroots Campaign’
  • 15:30-16:00 Tea and Coffee
  • 16:00-17:00 Andrew Smith (University of Chichester)’Global lives, local traces: Archives and creative co-production in the classroom and beyond’

This workshop is part of a series funded by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award. A limited number of travel subsidies are available for unwaged participants.For more details, and to register interest in attending, contact