Being Human – National Festival of Humanities

Being Human Festival – National Festival of the Humanities

Swansea University will again be a regional hub for the Being Human Festival led by the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH). This year the festival will focus around the theme of ‘Hopes and Fears – Dreams, Demons and Discovery’.

Last year the Connected Communities project worked closely with local people, our project partners and the Hafod Copperworks project to help develop the Art @ the Hafod event which focused on artistic interpretation of the archaeological landscape of the site, which was a huge success (more information here.)

This year the festival will include:

Attitudes and Aspiration – Interpretations of Disability – as part of the Connected Communities Legacy of Longfeilds project, an event entitled ‘Attitudes and Aspiration – Interpretations of Disability’ will showcase artistic interpretations, attitudes and aspirations in relation to disability by adults with cerebral palsy and local school children with a range of physical disabilities. Places for this event are limited so please email Kate Spiller if you’d like to attend: k.spiller@swansea.ac.uk

My One and All: My Swansea Coast – is a coastal walk that invites you to pick up a digital camera or smartphone and join us on an instructed photo walk from Clynne Farm Centre to Blackpill, with professional photographer Carl Ryan. You are then invited to submit your photograph that illustrates your relationship with the Swansea coastline; this could be a view, walk, landscape, bike ride, day out with family and be as figurative or abstract as you want! For more information on the how to submit your image please email Caroline Lane: c.p.lane@swansea.ac.uk. Places for the photo walk are limited so please book your space here.

The full list of events for the Being Human Festival can be viewed here.

Legacy of Longfields – Project Launch!

I am very happy to announce that our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support the ‘Legacy of Longfields’ project has been successful. The project will explore and celebrate the history of Longfields in Swansea, an organisation that was set up in 1952 by parents of children with cerebral palsy who campaigned for their children to have an education. Led by Dr Rebecca Clifford, the Legacy of Longfields project will form part of the Connected Communities programme and has been developed by Teresa Hillier and Kate Spiller at the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) and the history department at Swansea University.

The historians involved in the project will be assessing the wider significance of Longfields, which played an important role in the social history of Swansea and in the wider disability movement. Memories of local people who had any connection to Longfields along with individuals who were part of and attended Longfields, staff, carers and parents will be central to the research.  For further information on the project please go to our web page here.