Just a reminder- seminar today at 1pm- health, wellbeing and museums

Don’t forget, today from 1 – 2pm, Andrew Newman, Anna Goulding and Bruce Davenport will be speaking about their work in relation to health and wellbeing and museums. We’ll be at 18 Windsor Terrace in Room 1.06. Hope to see you there!


Research Seminar on Wellbeing tomorrow

Just a reminder, our next ‘work in progress’ seminar will be held fro 1 – 2pm tomorrow (29 May) in Room 1.06 at 18 Windsor Terrace. All are welcome. Below is a description of the session:
‘Wellbeing’ has become one of those terms that has become difficult to avoid, it appears in Government rhetoric, the UK Office for National Statistics is attempting to measure it, it appears in cultural policy documents and drives funding streams for the UK research councils. It has also become associated with notions of the impact of cultural activity.  However, there is no universally accepted definition of the term.
This session will start by exploring the use of wellbeing within cultural policy and how it can be situated within a New Public Management framework. Following this the panel will explore a number of examples of how wellbeing might be understood from recent research projects.
Drawing from ‘Contemporary visual art and identity construction: wellbeing amongst older people’ and their ESRC-funded follow-on project, Andrew Newman and Anna Goulding will talk about how visiting art galleries or participating in arts interventions can impact on older people’s wellbeing.  They will talk about the difficulty in measuring impact and whether quantitative or qualitative approaches capture the process of engagement.  They will also discuss international work seen at the Museum of Modern Art’s Alzheimer’s Summit meeting in April. Drawing on his recent freelance work and the research proposal being developed with Rhiannon Mason & Areti Galani, Bruce Davenport will talk about how different approaches to wellbeing were utilised to meet the needs of those projects.

Reminder: research seminar next Wednesday

Just a reminder, we are holding our next research seminar on Wednesday, 22 May 2013

1 – 2pm

Location: 18 Windsor Terrace, Chester Room
Speaker: Sarah Elliot, independent scholar

In this session of our Research Seminar series, Sarah will discuss the emergence and significance of postmodern or ‘new museology’ in Turkey’s museums.

For more information, please see this post: https://icchsresearch.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/dr-sarah-elliot-22-may-2013/

Remember, all are welcome and there’s no need to book!

Hope to see you there.

Rhiannon Mason shortlisted for Research Supervisor of the Year at Newcastle Teaching Excellence Awards 2013

ICCHS Senior Lecturer Rhiannon Mason has been shortlisted for a 2013 Teaching Excellence Award in the category of ‘Research Supervisor of the Year’.  Rhiannon was nominated by Doctoral Student Katherine Lloyd in recognition of her outstanding work in PhD supervision: ‘Rhiannon frequently goes above and beyond the requirements of a Supervisor, providing support and guidance in all areas of academic life, not just the PhD. Rhiannon is an outstanding role model and mentor and an inspiration to all her students, both at Masters and PhD level. Her work is an excellent example of the vibrant and engaging teaching and research culture at ICCHS’.

The Newcastle Teaching Excellence Awards (TEA) are completely student led and provide the opportunity for students to nominate academics who have contributed positively to their experience at Newcastle and deserve recognition of their hard work. The TEA’s aim to raise the profile of good teaching and help the university learn more about what students value in learning and teaching.

TEA PLASMA 2 (1)Nominations were made in the following areas:

  • Contribution to outstanding feedback
  • Innovative teaching method of the year
  • Contribution to pastoral support
  • Taught supervisor of the year
  • Research supervisor of the year
  • Support staff of the Year

545 nominations were received across all the award categories and Rhiannon was one of 5 academics shortlisted for the Research Supervisor award.

The awards were presented on Tuesday 7th May in an ceremony that also showcased the talents of students from the Folk and Traditional Music degree. Both Rhiannon and Katherine attended the ceremony, which was an exciting opportunity to hear about the innovative and inspiring teaching taking place across the faculties at Newcastle.

Newcastle’s TEA are part of a national HESA project. Further information can be found here: www.studentledteachingawards.org.uk

New website for Heritage and Science: Working Together in the CARE of Rock Art

A new website has been launched for the “Heritage and Science: Working Together in the CARE of Rock Art project” so please do have a look:


rock art website

This website will bring together all the resources produced by the project and provide a focal point for information and contacts. It will also be a place to keep up with the latest news and developments.

There is also a useful background, and links, on further other work that has brought the disciplines of heritage and science together, including the Science and Heritage Programme.

The project aims to involve heritage professionals, landowners, rock art enthusiasts and other interested people in the production of resources to aid the protection of open-air rock art. This website will help to link these groups into the project. If you know of any potential contacts please let us know.