Creative Communities first phase completed

The first phase of the Creative Communities research network is now completed. Over an eighteen-month period, we held three very successful two-day workshops (and a research seminar) with an emphasis on interaction and exploration. For the benefit of wider academic and arts communities, podcasts from all three events are now available on the website. This site will remain live and will be updated with news on publications and other projects deriving from the network. Thank you to all the speakers and delegates for your enthusiastic participation.

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Regional and National Networks at Chawton House

The final event of Creative Communities, a workshop on Regional and National Networks, took place at Chawton House, Hampshire, on 24-25 January 2014.  As the gallery below illustrates, this was another lively and productive event.

The programme for the workshop is available here: programme

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Will Bowers, recipient of one of two postgraduate bursaries awarded by the network, reported on the event.  You can read Will’s report here: Regional and National Communities Workshop Report

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Metropolitan Instutitions: workshop report, and some photos

The second workshop of the Creative Communities network, ‘Metropolitan Institutions’, took place at UCL on 20th and 21st September.

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As the photographs here illustrate, the event was lively and productive, drawing academic participants from Universities in the UK and North America, as well as from cultural institutions such as the National Gallery, the Tate and the Royal Asiatic Society.  A report on the day by Matthew Ward (University of St Andrews), recipient of one of two Creative Communities Postgraduate Bursaries, is available below:

Metropolitan Institutions – Matthew Ward’s Report

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Dissenting Academies Online: Virtual Library System

Network members (and non-members!) may be interested in the newly relaunched Virtual Library System of Dissenting Academies Online.

The Virtual Library System is a union catalogue which represents the holdings and loans of selected dissenting academies in England in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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Metropolitan Institutions, 20-21 September 2013: Programme

The programme for the second Creative Communities event, Metropolitan Institutions, is now available to download here:

Creative Communities Workshop 2 Final Programme

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Creative Communities: Preview

With the second Creative Communities workshop imminent (Metropolitan Institutions, 20-21 September, UCL), we’re excited to be building on the foundation of the stimulating inaugural event, Dissenters and Evangelicals, held at the University of Leeds and the Leeds Library, 5-6 April 2013.

Professors John Mee and John Whale were on hand at the end of the Dissenters and Evangelicals workshop to consider the outcomes of the event, and the upcoming challenges for the Creative Communities Network.  For a taste of what the event had to offer, click on the link below for a video of this closing discussion:

Creative Communities: Preview

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the workshop/conference on Dissenters and Evangelicals at the University of Leeds and the Leeds Library. It was a simulating and genuinely collaborative event. Details of the programme and readings can be found on the Dissenters and Evangelicals page, along with a report on the proceedings of the Saturday workshop. Podcasts of the workshop will be made available as soon as possible. Our next workshop, on Metropolitan Institutions, will be held at UCL in September.

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