An exciting new arts project has been created by The University of Warwick. ‘Growing Well: a recent history of growing your own’ by PhD student Sophie Greenway will go up on display at University Hospital in Coventry at the end of November as part of an ongoing partnership with the Hospital’s Healing Arts Programme.
‘Growing Well’ tells the story of food growing in Coventry over the twentieth century, including ‘Dig for Victory’ during the Second World War, an experimental housing project that was to include organic growing on site, an attempt to repackage allotments as leisure gardens, and the establishment of the famous organic gardens at Ryton, now called Garden Organic. Visitors can also learn what UHCW is doing to promote healthy eating and the outdoors, including the Hospital’s award-winning Jubilee Nature Reserve.
On Tuesday 25th November between 10am and 1pm there will be an event held in University Hospital’s Outpatients department to celebrate the new exhibit and promote growing and eating well in Coventry and Warwickshire. To find out more and add your own memories to the project visit www.growingwelluhcw.wordpress.com.
Sophie Greenway is a PhD student at the Centre for the History of Medicine, and has also worked as a history teacher and museum curator. Sophie’s project, entitled ‘Growing well: Dirt, health and the home gardener in Britain 1900-1970’ explores links between the environment and health in the context of domestic vegetable growing. She investigates the historical reasons why some people prefer to buy polished carrots, whilst others regard the muddy ones from a local veg box as more healthy.
The Healing Arts Programme at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust compliments patient care and welfare through a diverse range of activities, including visual and performing arts. The programme is funded by UHCW Charity and helps soften the hospital with quirky art exhibitions, creative workshops in ward dayrooms and music. For more information visit www.uhcwcharity.org/art.
Sophie can be contacted in the following ways:
Recruitment of two Research Fellows for the project 'Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000
The Warwick University History Department is currently recruiting two full-time research fellows for the Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award project ‘Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000’, a collaborative project between Professor Hilary Marland of the Warwick History Department and Dr Catherine Cox of University College Dublin:
The closing date for applications is 15th October 2014.
RHS Martin Lynn Scholarship awarded to George Roberts
The Royal Historical Society has awarded its 2013 Martin Lynn Scholarship to first-year doctoral student George Roberts. This is a highly prestigious and very competitive award, open to students working in the field of African History, which will be used to support George's PhD research on the Cold War in post-independence Dar es Salaam.
George's project is supervised by Professors David Anderson and Daniel Branch. Details are contained in his e-portfolio.
The Royal Historical Society's Rees Davies Prize for 2013 has been awarded to Mara Gregory (MA in History of Medicine 2012-13) for her dissertation ‘“Beamed Directly to the Children”: School Broadcasting and Sex Education in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s’. The dissertation was supervised by Dr Mathew Thomson.
Judges’ citation: This highly accomplished thesis analyses the production, content and reception of sex education broadcasts by the BBC during the 1960s and 1970s. The author explores these programmes and the controversy they generated as a lens onto wider social debates about sexual behaviour, the ‘permissive society’ and ideas about childhood...
The Centre’s first formal conference, Napoleon’s Last Stand: 100 Days in 100 Objects, was held on July 1st 2014 and exemplifies the Centre’s aspirations. There were twenty-six papers in the course of the day, from specialists in French, English, Italian and German studies; historians, political scientists, and musicologists; contributors from North America, France, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, Spain and from all over Britain; and with discussions of everything from military planning and organisation, domestic diaries and letters, women pamphleteers in Belgium, romantic poetry and painting, millenarian prophecy, Egyptian national anxieties, popular catechisms in Germany, local elections and national plebiscites in France, the battle of Waterloo, and English, French, Dutch, Spanish and Russian caricature. Moreover, the day concluded with a concert of English, French and German songs relating to the 100 Days and the battle of Waterloo, and a performance of scenes from a play written by a British soldier in captivity in France during the 100 days. Cross-national, interdisciplinary, innovative, and bringing together a wide audience of scholars, the event was an auspicious start to the Centre’s activities. The papers from the conference will form the basis for the web-exhibition that will be launched in January 2015and will trace the events of the 100 days and worldwide reactions to them over the subsequent six months.
For more details of the European History Research Centre and its activities, please see the EHRC website.