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WNR.sg - Sharing Memories of the Family Lives : The Power of the Personal
WNR.sg - Sharing Memories of the Family Lives : The Power of the Personal
WNR.sg - Sharing Memories of the Family Lives : The Power of the Personal
WNR.sg - Sharing Memories of the Family Lives : The Power of the Personal
WNR.sg - Sharing Memories of the Family Lives : The Power of the Personal
WNR.sg - Sharing Memories of the Family Lives : The Power of the Personal
WNR.sg - Sharing Memories of the Family Lives : The Power of the Personal
WNR.sg - Sharing Memories of the Family Lives : The Power of the Personal
WNR.sg - Sharing Memories of the Family Lives : The Power of the Personal
WNR.sg - Sharing Memories of the Family Lives : The Power of the Personal
WNR.sg - Sharing Memories of the Family Lives : The Power of the Personal
WNR.sg - Sharing Memories of the Family Lives : The Power of the Personal
WNR.sg - Sharing Memories of the Family Lives : The Power of the Personal
WNR.sg - Sharing Memories of the Family Lives : The Power of the Personal
WNR.sg - Sharing Memories of the Family Lives : The Power of the Personal
WNR.sg - Sharing Memories of the Family Lives : The Power of the Personal
WNR.sg - Sharing Memories of the Family Lives : The Power of the Personal
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Sharing Memories of the Family Lives : The Power of the Personal

By Ms Sarah Finney
Research Communications Officer from School of Sociology and Social Policy
University of Leeds

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  • From the definitions get a real sense that it is two-way process and that it is not a one way stream of information – reciprocal.
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    • 1. Sharing Memories of Family Lives: The power of the personal Ms Sarah Finney Research Communications Officer University of Leeds When Nations Remember Singapore 12th October 2010
    • 2. o Timescapes background o Public engagement o Turning points exhibition o Personal accounts / narratives o Public generated narrative (limitations & positives) Contents
    • 3. The Timescapes Initiative o Timescapes is an ESRC funded project : the first major qualitative longitudinal project to be funded within the UK o Uses the notion of ‘walking alongside’ people to gain an insight into the dynamics of personal and family relationships and how they change over time o Comprises 7 empirical projects and 3 strands o User engagement strand - engage number of users in our work and this work encompasses the BBC memory project and Family Lives and Turning Points exhibition
    • 4. Public Engagement What is public engagement? o Fluid and elusive term – has recently moved away from the terminology of ‘public understanding ‘ of science o ‘’Public engagement describes the myriad ways in which the activity and benefits ………can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two way process involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.’’ (NCCPE) [in this instance would be research as apposed to higher education] o “ ….an umbrella term for any activity that engages with research, from science communication in science centres or festivals,……to public dialogue. Any good engagement activity should involve two-way aspects of listening and interaction’’ (RCUK)
    • 5. Why Engage? o For society to share in the benefits of that research o Increasing awareness of the value of research o Enhance the quality of research by listening to and taking on board the public’s reaction to the research, research will therefore be better informed o Publicity and to raise the profile of the research o Opportunity to gather more data
    • 6. Family Lives and Turning Points Exhibition o Used the exhibition as an opportunity to gather more research data o Exhibition was in collaboration with BBC Memoryshare, took place in March and May 2010 o Exhibition took place in London and Leeds o Featured photographs and stories submitted by the general public – accounts depict key turning points in people’s lives o Collection of accounts will form an important part of the Timescapes digital archive
    • 7. Engagement initiatives o Turning points photography competition o Photograph entries, all with accompanying narratives o ‘Share Your Memories’ initiative o Visited a school and day care centre for older people Publicity o Radio stations – local & national o Press release o Flyers – distribution lists o Media screen in millennium square o Local community groups
    • 8. Exhibition configuration oPhotographs oTalking Memories film oNarrative Wall oOther components oPhoto chandeliers oPostcard shrine
    • 9. Postcard Shrine
    • 10. Photo Chandelier
    • 11. Narrative Wall Talking Memories Film Link
    • 12. The opening event ‘’I went to the exhibition yesterday and I can't tell you how thrilled I was. It was excellent. You exceeded all my expectations. Lis and I have been inspired by the piece by the chap with depression (recognising some of the same history!) and will begin to write again. I just loved the word art version of our writing…. There were lots of people looking at the exhibition and I chatted for a while with one of them about my Mam's photo and that turning point in my life. So well done … for enriching our lives and I hope we can continue to be involved in any way you think appropriate. In friendship, Phil.’’ [email from Phillipa O’Hare].
    • 13. Creating your own Memory Project o Be Innovative o Be Brave o Be Inclusive o Be Brash
    • 14. The Power of Personal accounts ‘’ ….the memories of the past are a constant play, flashing beneath this still surface in a still lake’’ (Rosen in Sheridan) o Incredibly distinctive in its power to capture the past and bring it to the present in a tangible and insightful way o Snapshot of a society’s life history o Narratives –oral & life history
    • 15. Public Narrative Model
    • 16. Public generated narrative – where does it sit? o Limited literature in this area – closest piece of work ‘’Mass Observation’’ project o Representative? (Sheridan & Irwin) o Shifting paradigms (Znaniecki, Rosen & Plummer) o Narrative ambiguity o The ‘self-selected’ sample
    • 17. Public Narrative – The nation’s memories o No power dynamics o Sense of freedom and empowerment o Researching the un-researched o Supplemented by research-generated data o Stories represent ‘the public’ o Public narrative – sits between action research and public engagement
    • 18. Thank you for your attention Sarah Finney Research Communications Officer Email: S.J.Finney@leeds.ac.uk Web: www.timescapes.leeds.ac.uk

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