Over the course of the five year project, Timescapes organised a range of events including conferences, symposia, seminars and exhibitions. Reports of the main Timescapes events are available here, along with abstracts and power points of presentations.
Conferences and Workshops
Timescapes has arranged and hosted a number of conferences and workshops:
- Timescapes Policy Conference: Understanding and Supporting Families Over Time (London, June 2011)
- QL Methods Conference: The Craft of Qualitative Longitudinal Research (Cardiff, January 2010)
- Launching the Timescapes Archive (London, October 2009)
- Archiving in Europe: The Bremen Workshop (University of Bremen, March 2009)
- Policy, Practice and QL Research (Edinburgh, October 2008)
Timescapes has hosted a number of seminars:
- Rescue and Repair: Grandparents with Parental Care for Their Grandchildren (Leeds, March 2012)
- Researching the third sector through time (Leeds, March 2011)
- Choice and Change, a Qualitative Longitudinal Study (Leeds, February 2011)
- Young lives and imagined futures (Leeds, November 2010)
- Timescapes lunchtime seminar series (Leeds, December 2008 –
- Researching Lives Through Time – Timescapes Initiative Launch (Leeds, January 2008)
Timescapes has organised several QL Methods training events:
- Qualitative Longitudinal Methods (Leeds, October 2011)
- Secondary Analysis Workshops (Edinburgh, London & Leeds, March – April 2011)
Timescapes in the Press
- Ten Key Moments in the History Marriage, bbc.co.uk, 14th March 2012
- BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed programme – Interview with Bren Neale bbc.co.uk, November 2011
- What is the best way to support Britain’s newest demographic? Guardian.co.uk, July 2011
- Thirtysomething grandparents need social services to adapt Guardian.co.uk, June 2011
- Moments in Time, Leeds Alumni Magazine, Spring/Sumer 2010
- Children want best for their parents , University of Leeds Press Office, 11th March 2010
- Bothered? Of course we are, mum, Unviersity of Leeds Press Office, 11th March 2010
- Children and young people are ‘bothered’ says new study, University of Leeds Press Office, 9th March 2010
- Timescapes project aims to capture our memories, The Guardian, 20th october 2009
- Record of everyday life of Britons will be trove for future historians, Calgary Herald, 8th April 2008
- Re-defining who we are, Yorkshire News, March 2008
- A researcher has launched a £4.5 Million project to track the lives of 400 ordinary people for five years, Times Highet Education, 14th February 2008
- Major research grant for LSBU and Open University team, Connected (London South Bank University Alumni Magazine), Autumn / Winter 2007
- University to study ups and downs of life, Yorkshire Post, 30th June 2007
- Life and how we live it, University of Leeds Reporter, 2007
Over the course of the five years, Timescapes teams received funding from the ESRC Festival of Social Science to organise a number of interactive exhibitions. In March 2008 projects 1 and 7 teamed up to invite members of the public to complete an online or hard copy postcard recording accounts of their relationships with their siblings. As well as collecting substantive data, the ‘ Our Sisters, Our brothers’ activity aimed to show the public the sort of research funded by the ESRC and the topics that academic family researchers may investigate. During the week-long exercise, public response far exceeded expectation: the teams received just under 800 postcards – a major achievement. As well as achieving the impact of public interest, further impact is possible through analysis of the postcards, which have been archived for re-use.
At the same festival in March 2008 a further event was held as a collaboration between the Young Lives and Times project (then funded under the Real Lives’ nodes of the NCRM) and one of our affiliated projects, Disability through the life course (Sonali Shah). The event brought the participants from project 2, Young Lives and Times, together for a public exhibition about their lives, displaying their own accounts and art work about growing up. They were also involved in a drama workshop to explore the changing identities of young people, and a video box recording of their evaluation of the event and their participation in a QL study. The event was held at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and was well attended by academics, members of the public, the young people in the study and their families.
In April 2009 projects 1 and 7 followed up their previous event, working with the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood in London on a ‘Family Albums’ weekend. This was designed to explore the place of sisters, brothers and other family members in children’s lives. Around 1500 visitors to the Museum visited a poster exhibition of findings from the ‘our Sisters and Brothers’ postcard activity (see above), with 130 or so taking part in workshop activities drawing on the research, that were run by community artists and storytellers. This achieved the impact of public interest from children as well as adults. The Siblings exhibition boards were also included in the Open University’s 40th Anniversary Open Day, when visitors were asked to take part in a ‘family tree’ activity. The interactive events generated accounts of sibling hood for the BBC Memoryshare site.
In March 2010 a fourth festival event and interactive exhibition, called Family Lives and Turning Points, was held inTimescapes Launch (University of Leeds, January 2008) an exhibition space in London over a two day period, and then transferred to the Parkinson Court at the University of Leeds. The event showcased data in the Timescapes Archive on biographical turning points, with further accounts elicited from people in the local community. It was attended by over 100 people in London and well over 200 in Leeds, and generated over 50 accounts of turning points in people’s biographies. Feedback was excellent.
Our final festival event (Family Lives over Time, October 2011, Leeds City Art Gallery), showcased the work of Timescapes, the network of projects and data in the archive, with specially prepared exhibition boards. Data from related archives – including Mass Observation – were also included. In addition, a session on constructing family histories was organised by the local history society. The day was very well attended with excellent feedback.
- Family lives and Turning Points exhibition (18th March 2010)
- Family Lives Over Time (Leeds, 29th October 2011)
- British Library Timescapes Exhibition (London, 2010-2011)
BBC Memoryshare is a living archive of memories from 1900 to the present day. Memoryshare is a means for the BBC to connect with individuals who have stories to tell about their own lives, and gives everyone a simple tool to search and discover contemporary news and social history content.
In 2008 BBC Memoryshare teamed up with Timescapes to enable individuals to record their accounts of their personal lives and relationships and their journeys through the life course. These include memories of childhood, family life, relationships across the generations and significant events and turning points (for example, becoming a sibling or grandparent, or coping with the illness or death of a loved one). Memories can be added directly to the BBC site.
With Funding from the ESRC Festival of Social Science, Timescapes has generated data from members of the public for the Memoryshare resource. Details are on our exhibition pages.
To vist the Memoryshare site, or to log a memory there, please visit www.bbc.co.uk/memoryshare