Being Human Festival

11:00am, Tue 17th November 2020


In partnership with York Traveller's Trust, DC Labs' PhD Researchers Claire Boardman and Simona Manni are hosting four online 'Crafting Connections' workshops as part of the Being Human festival.

Applied and participatory approaches within the humanities have the potential to not only help us understand but also actively change the world we live in. Building on the new connections made and community focus experienced during the 2020 lockdown, this creative community-based event invites the Clifton, York neighbourhood to join with York’s Traveller community to connect over traditional crafting and storytelling.

This online event consists of four separate 45-minute sessions. Each session focuses on a different traditional craft and is led by an expert artist from the Traveller community. All sessions begin with a short demonstration video and overview of the history of the craft and its role in Traveller heritage and culture. Attendees will then be invited to try the craft at home and join in the online conversation as they do this by posting comments and pictures. A Session Schedule and Materials List will be posted online one week before the event.

With permission, these online contributions may be reused after the event by the York Travellers Trust community to create a ‘Living Archive’ participatory film. This will be available for public viewing online after 1 December 2020.

To take part in this free event simply go to the York Travellers Trust Facebook page between 11am and 3pm on 17 November. Each craft session starts on the hour and conversation will be encouraged and facilitated through the comments and FB Live (to be confirmed).

About the festival

Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. A celebration of humanities research through public engagement, it is led by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, the UK’s national centre for the pursuit, support and promotion of research in the humanities, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

In November each year the festival brings together universities, museums, galleries, archives, independent research organisations, community and commercial partners to make research in the humanities accessible to non-specialist audiences and demonstrate its relevance to our everyday lives. Every year the festival features around 300 events across the country, working with an average of around 80 universities and research organisations in 50 towns and cities each year.

Every year we support researchers in the humanities – from art history and classics, literature and languages, history and philosophy – to produce non-traditional events and activities with a strong emphasis on co-production and mutual benefit.

The festival aims to:

  • demonstrate the value and relevance of humanities research to society in the UK and globally;
  • encourage, support and create opportunities for researchers to engage with non-specialist audiences;
  • embed and join together public engagement activities in the humanities across the higher education (HE) sector.