The Centre for History Culture and Memory (CHICAM) is dedicated to providing relevant research to help support new partnerships and public engagement that explores the role of history, culture and memory within our society. Over the last few years, we have enhanced and extended public engagement and partnerships through the co-production of content with heritage and community partners on a local, national and international scale. A few highlights include:
Our projects, partnerships and events have seen us regularly participate in national radio, television, news features and coverage, including museum curatorship and heritage promotion. Dr Katherine Lewis regularly contributes to BBC Radio 4’s ‘In Our Time’, while Prof Christine Hallett has been a historical advisor to the BBC, the Royal College of Nursing, the Florence Nightingale Museum and the National Trust. Prof Barry Doyle’s co-authored article (with Rosemary Cresswell) on healthcare before the NHS was published by The Conversation to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the health service. It has been accessed more than 35,000 times and led to interviews on Radio Scotland and other BBC stations.
Although we value invitations from mass media and broadcasting companies the philosophy behind our work is one, essentially, of public history: the co-creation of historical knowledge. For this reason, we particularly value projects in which we have collaborated directly with community-based partners in the development of ideas. Examples of such close collaborations include our work with the New Vic Theatre Company, UK, the Royal College of Nursing, UK and El Dorado Films, San Francisco, USA.