Julia Ankenbrand is a researcher on the team. Drawing on her PhD using action research approaches to explore the relationship between community engagement and organisational aspects at the British Museum, Julia is involved in the Open Conversations strand of the work as well as the project exhibition. In both she keeps an eye on how the research might influence institutional development and change at the National Science and Media Museum.
Caroline Carr is the administrator for the project. Caroline is responsible for the production of key project management documents, the dissemination of project information, processing and monitoring of project expenditure and facilitation of regular project management meetings and workshops. She is also leading on the data protection policy, data management and archiving for the project. Caroline joined the University of Leeds in 2015, having worked a large part of her career in the water industry. She has extensive experience in both public and private sector project and event management, as well as coordinating national events.
Vicky Clifton has been Head of Learning and Participation at the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, since 2015. She has extensive experience of community and family learning, having previously worked as Family Learning Qualifications and Curriculum Manager at Education Bradford where her remit was to engage ‘hard to reach’ parents with their children’s education and then back into formal learning. She was also a LSIS Research Fellow at the University of Sunderland, delivering action research projects on various aspects of Family Learning including motivation to improve retention and challenging the curriculum model to improve social inclusion outcomes for children and families. Since working at the National Science and Media Museum, Vicky has doubled the number of schools in Bradford who engage with the Museum and delivered projects for schools and families in partnership with Google, Samsung and BIES. Vicky will be working with partners to engage local schools, young people and families from areas of high deprivation around Bradford.
Aamir Darr is a specialist bookseller and consultant with a background in race equality policy, research and training within local government and further education. Aamir will draw from his experience collaborating with school through his Kahani project and approach. Kahani aims to raise pupil attainment by enriching and diversifying the curriculum, increasing parental engagement and utilising literature and art that is directly relevant to the pupils lived experiences and beliefs. As part of the research project we will be exploring how the Kahani heritage-based approach to learning and developing a nuanced, celebratory and honest appraisal of an inclusive Bradford narrative can be useful in linking the National Science and Media Museum and Bradford.
Mary Dowson is the Director of Bradford Community Broadcasting (BCB), the community radio station for Bradford. BCB has developed an extensive network of volunteer broadcasters and contributors from Bradford’s diverse communities. BCB will be working very much with those grassroots communities ensuring that they are actively engaged at the heart of the project. BCB will use audio and radio to develop several strands of work to inform the project, exploring the lived experiences of people in Bradford and their relationship with the NSMM. For the last 25 years BCB has been making the space for diverse local communities to have their voice heard in the media, training and supporting local people to become broadcasters.
William Gould is focusing on developing an intergenerational oral history project in Bradford. This will involve a series of focused interviews with children who study at local secondary schools who will then be invited to interview members of their own family. Some of the main themes being investigated include transnational families, the changing technology of family photography, the changing streets/locales of Bradford, families and workplaces in the city, and the changing technologies of transnational communication. Will is Professor of Indian History at the University of Leeds. He has research expertise in questions of citizenship, religion and the state in the sub-continent in the 19th and 20th Centuries. He has also researched aspects of the South Asian diaspora in the UK.
Helen Graham will act as the project coordinator and facilitator, seeking to ensure connections are being made between different people and strands of research and working with all involved to spot opportunities and potentials. Helen brings to the project experience of running participatory projects – both group-focused and large scale – and experience of using action research and network approaches to community development to work across and beyond the boundaries of organisations. Helen teaches museum and heritage studies in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds.
Peitong Li is an MA student in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Leeds. Peitong is working as a volunteer on the project as part of her placement at the National Science and Media Museum. Peitong’s work is focused on searching the photographic library of the Daily Herald newspaper for images relating to Bradford. She is contributing to the development of a listing of relevant photographs which will aid further research in the project and will provide insight into how Bradford has been historically represented in a national newspaper.
Seán McLoughlin will be conducting fieldwork among Bradfordians of British Asian Muslim heritage. This will involve him spending time with people across different generations and learning about their everyday use of media technologies. During in-depth interviews he will explore the changing ways in which audio, visual and other media have helped to sustain connections between people in different localities, both within Bradford itself and beyond. Ultimately Seán’s work will begin to link the lives of the Bradfordians he is working with and the National Science and Media Museum. It will enable the museum to tell new stories about the technology and media in its existing collections and to identify new objects for potential acquisition to enhance these collections. Seán is Professor of the Anthropology of Islam at the University of Leeds. His main research interest is Muslim diasporas in Britain. He has 25 years experience of working among British Asian Muslim communities in Bradford and other parts of Northern England.
Nima-Poovaya Smith is Director of Alchemy, a cultural agency which connects people, places and ideas through curated arts projects. Nima is working with Professor Salima Hashmi (Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan) on an artist-led inquiry into ‘translocality’. As Senior Curator, International Arts at Cartwright Hall, Bradford, she developed innovative approaches to collections development and displays which highlighted Bradford’s translocal interrelationships with the sub-continent.
Sarah Rainey is a part time student on the Art Gallery and Museum studies MA. She will be joining the research project as part of her placement module and is hoping to be more involved in the community engagement element of things. She currently works full time at the National Science and Media museum as an explainer developer in the learning team. Sarah is from Northern Ireland has a general interest in how museums operate and how to facilitate engagement as she has long term goals of opening a community generated peace museum in Belfast.
Sarah Rawlins is a content developer on the exhibition team at the National Science and Media Museum. Sarah is working with the BCB and Intergenerational Oral Histories case study teams to help research and produce their different Bradford stories for display on gallery, as well as helping to support the creation of the overall final exhibition. Sarah has previously worked on funded projects at Sheffield Manor Lodge, Museums Sheffield and Kirklees Museums and Galleries, particularly in the areas of public access to heritage sites and museum collections.
Sarah Richardson is exploring the histories and current practices of the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. She is conducting research into organisational archives and undertaking semi-structured interviews with current and past staff members with Michael Terwey. Sarah and Michael hope to trace the shifting political geographies of the institution over the 35 years since its opening, and to explore how particular understandings of place and identity have changed over time, both of the Museum and of the place in which it is located. Sarah has just completed her PhD in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Leeds, where her research was concerned with the role of scale, space and place in the knowledge and practice of museums and art galleries. She is also interested in arts education and works as an arts Education Outreach Fellow at the University and an arts engagement Producer at Pavilion.
Harpreet Sandher is currently studying for an MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Leeds. Harpreet contributes to the project by researching themes of engagement, place and identity through visiting exhibitions and interviewing artists and curators that discuss similar practices of the museum’s project. The research will culminate into case studies for the museum’s project website and will hope to contextualize the project’s use of translocal methods. With an interest in multicultural education, diversity and the roles of the institution in shaping narratives, Harpreet will be focusing on how these connections can be made with the people of Bradford and the National Science and Media Museum during her placement on the project.
Tim Smith is a freelance photographer, writer and multi-media artist. As project partner he will play a leading role in the development of an exhibition at the NSMM exploring themes of translocality. He is also leading a team that will use the archive of photographs taken at Manningham’s Belle Vue Studio (now part of the collections of Bradford Museums and Galleries) to explore a period of extraordinary change in 20th century Bradford. Outreach events in local community centres will help the NSMM to explore how it can work productively with other cultural providers and communities within Bradford to tell stories that have local, national and international relevance. He also aims to draw from his contrasting experiences as a photojournalist and as Coordinator of the Bradford Heritage Recording Unit to explore how the NSMM could play a role in challenging mainstream media portrayals of Bradford. Smith’s distinctive multi-sited practice, which links Bradford with people and places overseas, has been a principal inspiration for the translocal approach embedded in the project.
Michael Terwey was Head of Collections and Exhibitions at the National Science and Media Museum and involved in developing this research project. Michael worked with Sarah Harvey Richardson on the histories strand of the project, researching the museum’s position in relation to Bradford over the last 35 years. Michael now works at the National Trust for Scotland.
Lynn Wray is a researcher on the project. As well as developing her own strand of research, she is working with Helen Graham to help facilitate the different strands of the project and make connections between them. She is also editor of the project website. She brings to the project experience in research, image-making (visual art, photography and design) and exhibition-making. She has collaboratively produced exhibitions as a practicing artist and as a curator in national museums, independent galleries and site-specific contexts. Both her research and her practice explore the crossover between visual culture and political action. Lynn is particularly interested in investigating how ‘learning-through-making’ can be facilitated in museum contexts and the impact of such strategies on visitors. In 2016 she completed her PhD in contemporary curatorial practice.