Archive for June 20, 2014

Media briefing for the Connected Communities Festival

Please see below a briefing from the AHRC communications team about the activities taking place to support your exhibition and sessions and promote the Connected Communities Festival more generally.

During key periods of the event, the AHRC will have up to three film crew roaming the event, two of these will be supporting the festivals two live-stream feeds and the other will be developing a short film of the day.

Live Stream: At each of the venues (St. Davis and Motorpoint) over the two days the AHRC will have a social amplification team filming two live-stream feeds. The team are an external supplier who we have used at many times before.

The crew has a set schedule where they will be roaming the exhibition areas, highlighting the activities being displayed, interviewing key project representatives as well as covering sessions and showing pre-recorded films. When the crew are filming the sessions and roaming the exhibition space the footage will be live to a remote audience.

One member of the team will prep you just before you are live as it is important not to leave dead air space, so at this point so it is important not to leave your stand. The tone will be conversational and you should talk to the interviewer rather than look directly at the camera. We will mention this to you again before the interview so no need to prepare or worry that you might forget something. The content from the live-stream will be available after the event as short YouTube videos. The Social Amplification team may be in contact with you before the event to ask some basic questions about the format of your session or stand so that they understand how best to present it.


The live stream can be seen at the link below, please promote to anyone who is unable to attend the event in person.


Film: In addition to the live streaming, on Tuesday 01 July the AHRC’s in-house multimedia person will be at the Festival, with a small production team, making a short film about the event.  The film will capture the feel and essence of the Festival through bite-size interviews with exhibitors and vox-pops with delegates. Unless you have already stated that you do not wish to be filmed the crew may well approach you at any time during the day, to ask you some basic questions about the work you are presenting and how you feel the event has gone.

The film will be feature on the AHRC’s website and YouTube channel. It will serve as an up-to-date look at the Connected Communities Programme and will be aimed public and academic audiences alike. We film much more than we use of the film but we try to get a range of projects to give a good overview of the day.


Social media: The AHRC will be tweeting from the festival using the hashtag #ahrccc from the @ahrcpress account. Please feel free to use #ahrccc in the lead up to the event and tweet us directly if you would like us to retweet and information about your project during the course of the festival. We will be promoting the programme and will publicise your involvement where we have permission to do so.


Press and PR: The AHRC will be sending out a general press release about the programme about the festival and will be contacting you directly in follow up to the information given in the communications questionnaire. We will send you a copy of the general press release once this has been signed off. If you are working with your university press office on press releases or news items please contact Danielle so that we can support your work and ensure that all the appropriate branding and messaging has been included.


Logos: If you need the AHRC or Connected Communities logo, the files you will require are available in a Dropbox folder at: This folder contains a folder of files suitable for most uses, as well as other versions which should meet most specialist file types required by designers. Guidelines on acknowledging our support are available at Please also bear in the mind the logo guidelines at and pass these on to designers if necessary.

Co-creation and co-design workshop, 3 July, Cardiff

Opportunity to attend the Connected Communities ‘Co-creation and Co-design’ Workshop – 3rd July, at the St David’s Hotel and Conference Centre, Cardiff.

An introduction from Paul McWhirter, AHRC Portfolio Manager, Connected Communities Programme:

The ‘Co-creation and Co-design’ strand of the Connected Communities Programme is at the leading edge of testing new ways of supporting co-creation and co-design of research activity with communities, and the projects funded under this strand have explored both the challenges and opportunities this involves. This workshop is a great opportunity to share in the learning these projects have to offer both to the wider Programme, and beyond.

An overview from workshop lead Dr Robin Durie (Exeter):

The nine research projects supported by the Connected Communities “Co-creation and Co-design” stream have a multi-phased funding model which is unique both within UK Research Council funded research, and, to the best of our knowledge, in international research as well. The initial phase of the funding was aimed at supporting the development of research relationships between academic and community partners, the exploration of potential areas for collaborative research, and the initial co-creation of research projects. The second phase of the funding supported the co-delivery of these co-designed research projects.

In this way, the Co-creation and Co-design funding model offers a novel means to support what research and anecdotal evidence suggest remains amongst the most challenging aspects of undertaking research involving significant collaboration between community and academic partners, namely the development and maintenance of relations between the participants.

Given that this has been recognised as a unique model of funding, the project teams have also been supported in collaboratively exploring the extent to which they have been able to undertake research that wouldn’t have been possible on the basis of traditional funding models, and to deliver research outcomes that make a significant difference to both community and academic partners. One of the main areas on which this collaborative work has focused has been the distinctive dynamics underpinning the processes of co-created and co-designed research.

This whole day session, which will be of interest to anyone who has participated in, or who is interested in participating in, research involving collaboration between community and academic partners, will consist in a mixture of performances, exhibitions, discussions and participation. A number of the Co-creation and Co-design project teams will host events within the session, in which they will seek to show how they have gone about developing their research partnerships, and what novel ways of working together they have employed in their project teams. The aim of these events is to show how high quality and distinctive research can be achieved through novel practices of engagement. The session will also offer space for participants to reflect on and discuss their own experiences of co-creating research, and their responses to the events during the session.

If you would like to register your interest in attending this workshop please contact Workshop Coordinator Dr Lindsey Horner ( 12:00 pm Thursday 12th June.

To find out more about the Co-creation and Co-design projects please refer to the list of awards on the AHRC website (awards listed in the first section of this list). Further information on many of the projects can then be found on the Connected Communities Leadership Fellows’ website

Please note: this workshop is linked to the Connected Communities Festival, and is taking place at the same venue, but has a separate registration process. Enquiries about the ‘Co-creation, Co-design’ workshop should be directed to workshop coordinator Dr Lindsey Horner, and not in reply to this email.

To find out more about the Connected Communities Festival 2014 and how to register please go to the AHRC website:

Connected Communities Festival, 1st and 2nd July 2014: Invitation to participate in a workshop exploring Heritage Legacies

Tuesday 2nd July, Roald Suite, St David’s Hotel Conference Centre:  9.30 – 10.30 am

Have you taken part in a Connected Communities heritage project and want to think about it’s legacy? What difference have your Connected Communities heritage project made? What are the values and impacts of collaborative heritage research?


Heritage Legacies is an AHRC Connected Communities project aimed at exploring the legacies – outcomes, benefits, assets – created by co-produced heritage research. We are working with a range of Connected Communities heritage projects to understand legacies and propose future possibilities for community-university partnerships in this field. Our overall aims are to learn not just about the individual successes and failures of research, but to explore the dynamics of heritage relationships and the legacies that are being formed. We want to help shape the future of community and co-produced heritage research.

As part of the AHRC Connected Communities Festival the Heritage Legacies project team are organising a 1-hour workshop to further our collective thinking about these questions.  We would like to invite people who participated in HLF funded All Our Stories Projects, the AHRC Research for Community Heritage programme or any community history/heritage group who has taken part in an AHRC Connected Communities project to participate in this workshop.

Our workshop is part of a Connected Communities Festival in which many collaborative research projects will be presenting their work. As well as attending our workshop you will also have the opportunity to visit the Connected Communities exhibitions, attend other workshops and performances, meet other projects and interact with the programme funders, as well as spend time with the Heritage Legacies team.

We have 10-15 travel and accommodation bursaries available to help meet the costs of participation.  We especially welcome groups based in Wales but are keen to hear from community history/heritage groups around UK.

If you are interested in attending the workshop and would like to apply for a bursary then write to Helen Graham, on the contract details below, answering these questions:

1) Name and group

2) What Connected Communities project have you worked on?

3) Why are you interested in exploring legacies? (100 max)

4) Where would you be travelling from?

To express interest in attending this event and to apply for the bursary, please contact:

Helen Graham, Research Fellow in Heritage, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds


Deadline: 23rd June 2014