Zoo’s outgoing Director, Jo Gipps sought an academic partner to research the Zoo’s history and explore its archives RED put Dr Gipps in touch with Dept of Historical Studies, where Peter Coates and Tim Cole expressed an interest I arranged a meeting at the Zoo where we discussed possible aims for a collaboration and funding opportunities. The Zoo will also soon celebrate its 175 th anniversary. There is a strong desire within the institution to improve its comprehension of its own past, to inform future strategy. O ccasional studies on visitor behaviour and perceptions; wishes to develop this as part of it own research focus on 'changing visitors' attitudes towards wildlife conservation.‘ As well as enriching visitor experience, the PhD studentships will also provide material that will inform the Zoo's emerging strategy. Academically – fascinating, large, unexplored archive; links to active topics of research in Victorian leisure, social history and human-animal interaction AHRC CDA was seen as giving the best value for money and balance of returns for both research and the Zoo (c.f. CASE, EngD) Bristol students to investigate Zoo's history Press release issued 17 September 2010 …… Dr Bryan Carroll, Director of Bristol Zoo Gardens said: “We are very excited to have Sarah-Joy and Andy working with us to help uncover the Zoo’s historical artefacts and rich history. As we approach our 175th birthday, we are aiming to preserve as much of the Zoo’s magic as possible, so their timing is perfect.” He added: “During our celebratory year, Bristol Zoo Gardens will be marking the occasion with a series of events in a city-wide celebration.&quot; The students will present information about their projects this Sunday [19 September] at the Bristol Zoo shareholders' tea party to commemorate the Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society 's 175th anniversary. The students are funded by Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council - two of four such awards recently won by Bristol's Faculty of Arts . These awards are given for research that involves active collaboration with outside partners and are designed to encourage researchers to use their expertise to work on projects that benefit the wider community.
Describe advantages / disadvantages of these for this particular project. Note that all of them could include PE.
Very little published literature on Bristol Zoo's social and animal histories Two collaborative PhD projects, drawing on the Zoo's extensive and under-exploited archival holdings (only recently available in accessible form), as well as a range of other Bristol-based sources. Social histories - focus on those establishing and running the Zoo and those visiting the Zoo. Who were these two groups? What meanings did they give to this institution? How have those meanings shifted over time? What place have the animal inhabitants occupied in these social histories? What do the specific debates generated at Bristol Zoo reveal of broader trends of thinking and practice in 19 th and 20 th century Britain? Animal histories - changing nature of the animals held there, the changing nature of their display, and the changing nature of the visitor experience of animals. How do zoos domesticate, mythologize and aestheticize wild animals? Colonialism, celebrity animals, Animal Magic, conservation Joint supervision Schwitzer as well as Garrett – draw in the existing veterinary and biological collaboration networks Students to present research as full members of the Zoo’s research community
Potential impacts of the project on the Zoo Catalogue of a largely unknown collection of archival materials Making this accessible to staff, future scholars, professional users. Potential for commercial use of photographic and film collection. 2) Recommendations for preserving the archive and increasing access 4) Zoo has recently launched the Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation, and is working on a project for a Wildlife Park. Strong desire for historical understanding and a greater institutional memory to inform policy making. Students will provide insights and materials for Zoo’s Trustees
3) Collaborate with Zoo staff (education, research, marketing) to develop materials that enrich the visitor experience: Audio and video trails using visitors' own phones / iPods. Develop material from interviews with current and former staff and Visitors. Edit this into a narrated historical trail available via website. B) New Zoo website will provide a platform for engaging the public with the Zoo's past, present and future. ….. Note gorilla webcam already ….
… .. 3) B) ….. Develop content that situates the Zoo's strategy and purpose within a longer historical context. Information on the evolution and development of the animal collections and the shifting experience of Zoo visitors over time. C) Options for illustrating the history of the Zoo through interpretative signage (or other media) at key animal enclosures or architectural features such as the monkey temple or northern promenade. D) UoB's Centre for Public Engagement will work with the students, Bristol Zoo and the Centre's network of local contacts to encourage input to an archive of oral history and public memory. It will support the development of public engagement events such as 'café scientifique' discussions, public talks and contributions to local festivals. It will advise on ways to involve the public in the co-creation of knowledge and to publicise the results of the CDA doctorates online and through the media – e.g. Festival of Nature, UoB Twilight Talks
Zoo is an extreme example in that there is so much potential and a ready made network (of public, organisations, helpful people) in and around Bristol and the University.
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Andrew Wray Enterprise & Knowledge Exchange Programme Manager ENGAGE 2010 Thursday 23 September 2010
Other funding possibilities <ul><li>Research Grants (research councils, BA, Leverhulme, Wellcome, Joseph Rowntree …) </li></ul><ul><li>Contract research / consultancy </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Transfer Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Other specialist Knowledge Transfer / Collaboration grants e.g. AHRC Knowledge Catalyst, ESRC Knowledge Exchange, EPSRC Collaboration Fund </li></ul>
Conclusions <ul><li>Can include PE in many types of research project </li></ul><ul><li>Be specific about what will happen </li></ul><ul><li>Draw in all possible resources and expertise </li></ul>