News archive: 2012

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Boosting Public Participation in Heritage

IPUP wins funding from Arts Council England & The British Museum

The award to IPUP is to fund a new initiative to support museums and cultural heritage organizations who want to forge participatory relationships with the public.  IPUP will lead a partnership of four heritage organizations to build a user-friendly portal of resources and accompanying regional meetings to encourage sharing research and skills among heritage professionals. 
For more information about how partnership aims to boost public participation:

Supporting Practice in Participation 

16th October 2012 

Project Board Meeting for "Supporting Practice in Participation" hosted at the British Museum. Following-on from the successful "Cultural Equalities Now" conference last year, IPUP has continued to develop work on bridging research and practice in the field of participation and widening engagement with heritage.  IPUP has strengthened the focus of this work in partnership with the Diversity in Heritage Group, the Collections Trust and the British Museum, under guidance from Arts Council England.  The purpose of the ongoing project is to promote skills-sharing and knowledge transfer among practitioners and researchers.  The organizations in the partnership will assess, scope, pilot and evaluate a user-friendly, research rich data portal and a set of regional networking meetings.   An announcement about the funding stream from Arts Council England to support this work will follow shortly.

Digital Heritage Meeting

2nd October 2012 

IPUP report circulated about the digital strategy outlined by the City Council - working in partnership with Visit York - and the opportunities for other institutions to partner with the platform to allow their collections and content to be disseminated through this wider umbrella - a framework where other content-rich individual apps be aligned, so that the York City Council platform may act as a signpost and directory.  
For more information, please download the report here (pdf).

Helen Weinstein

Helen Weinstein: Announcement of Fellowship at Cambridge

October 2012

Professor Helen Weinstein has taken up a Fellowship at Cambridge, where she will complete her book entitled The Public Past: History, Meaning and Society. Helen will remain associated with the University as Visiting Research Professor for the Public Understanding of the Past.  The ongoing funded projects with IPUP will therefore continue and be organized by Professor Weinstein.
At Cambridge, Helen is a Fellow at Clare Hall, Herschel Road, Cambridge, CB3 9AL. Visitors welcome! Contact Helen:


The Value of Heritage Education

Wednesday 5th September

Helen Weinstein to give the keynote at the GEMS conference, "Narratives of the Past - Analyses of Public Engagement, Policy & Participation'.
For more information about the conference see:

Trail leader

Exploring York's Changing Cityscape

Sunday 26th August

IPUP Researchers invite the public to three walking tours of York's historic centre. All walks are free and leave from the steps of the Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens.
Launched with York Museums Trust and featuring new trail leaflets with accompanying podcasts and apps.
No tickets needed

  • 11am: Walking with the Romans: Daily life in Eboracum
  • 2pm: Jewish History Trail: Life, death and burial from the medieval period to the twentieth century
  • 4pm: Experiencing the Great War: York in World War One

Dan Snow at IPUP

New Intern Opportunities for Summer and Autumn 2012

IPUP interns will be in a strong position to compete for a number of opportunities with London multi-media companies. Historyworks is looking for keen history interns needed for an exciting new multi-media project working in partnership with Ballista Media. To find out more about the application process go

There is shortly to be announced a similar process for a Historyworks project in partnership with October Films where we are looking for Research Assistants to work on a television documentary for Channel 4 and PBS. German speakers with an ability to read 20th Century documents in German, and a willingness to travel to Germany is essential! Contact to express your interest.


Sign outside Fairfax House

IPUP Interns Presentation of St George's Cinema & Hall Project

Monday 6th August, 11.00am
Location: Friends' Meeting House, Friargate

Interns working on the IPUP and Fairfax House partnership project will present their findings from their oral history and archive project about St George's Cinema & Hall, to the Friends of Fairfax House. If you have memories you would like to share with the team, please be in touch with us at or with the Director of Fairfax House, Hannah Phillip.

IPUP Director MCs Cultural Olympiad: "Precious Cargo -The Future of Fashion is Medieval"

Wednesday 4th July, 7.00pm
Location: Yorkshire Museum

Helen Weinstein will open the show and introduce all the designers and exhibitors, with a  contemporary take on the past showcasing new garments desiggned by fashion students modelled on some of the Yorkshire Museum's iconic objects, such as the Middleham Jewel. All Welcome !

“ Exploring York’s Changing Cityscape”: IPUP Researchers Invite Public to Three Walking Tours of York’s Historic Centre

IPUP on a walking tour

Sunday 24th June

All Walks Are Free and Leave from the Steps of the Yorkshire Museum. No tickets necessary

  • 11am – Walking with the Romans: Daily Life in Eboracum
  • 2pm – Jewish History Trail: Life, Death, and Burial from the Medieval to the Twentieth Century
  • 4pm – Experiencing the Great War: York in World War One

IPUP offers these events as part of the University’s Festival of Ideas: see full programme here.

Professor Jim Walvin

Jim Walvin, Emeritus Professor of History, expert speaker on the subject of slavery in TV and Radio documentaries

Tuesday 12th June, 6.00pm

"Then and Now: Viewing the Transatlantic Slave Trade Over Forty Years" IPUP Inaugural Special Lecture to launch the Eurotast research network.

In the Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, followed by Drinks Reception in the foyer of the Humanities Research Centre. All Welcome. No tickets Necessary.

First World War Interns deliver new illustrated web pages to YMT’s history of York website

Wednesday 16th May

The excellent history website for the City will be further enriched by new pages researched and illustrated by IPUP’s postgraduate interns. See IPUP’s contribution to the twentieth century pages.

Temi Odumosu Welcomed to IPUP as new Research Associate and the Experienced Researcher on the Eurotast Project

Friday 11th May

Temi will be working with Helen Weinstein at IPUP to develop multimedia products and public engagement with the history of the transatlantic slave trade, contested pasts, themes of race and difference.

To find out more, please read Temi’s IPUP Research Associate page.

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IPUP Delighted to Contribute Events for the 2012 “York Festival of Ideas” Programme

  • 12th June: 6pm Jim Walvin on Slavery
  • 24th June: 11am, 2pm, 4pm - IPUP Interns launch “ Exploring York’s Changing Cityscape” See festival events here

Catherine Oakley Welcomed to IPUP as new Research Associate to work on Eurotast

Tuesday 8th May

Cat will be working with the Eurotast team in Copenhagen and the IPUP team in York to support the programme for the launch of this international research and training project. To find out more about Cat, please see her IPUP Research Associate page.

To find out more about IPUP’s hosting of the induction programme and the launch events, see the IPUP conference page.

IPUP Interns Invite the Public to Meet them at Fairfax House for Free Visits

Saturday 5th May 10am to 5pm

IPUP interns are working with IPUP Research Associate, Nuala Morse, to talk to the public for the “Residents Go Free” day at Fairfax House this weekend, inviting the public to follow-up from their BBC appeal to share memories about the St George’s Cinema, Castle Street, in operation form 1921 to 1965. To visit Fairfax House for this event, find out more at the Fairfax House website.

BBC Radio York Showcases IPUP Project Asking the Public for their Memories of St George’s Cinema 1921 to 1965

Thursday 3rd May, 3.15pm

IPUP student interns Jack and Claire starred on the BBC Radio York show with Elly Fiorentini sharing the progress of their IPUP project on the history of St George’s Cinema and asking for the public to come forward to contribute to the Oral History project developed by Fairfax House in partnership with IPUP. To hear their excellent work engaging with the public go to 9 mins in on the BBC show on iPlayer.

IPUP Interns Developing New Trails and Apps

Wednesday 25th April 2012

2.00pm Training Sessions at Yorkshire Museum and Castle Museum with IPUP's Adam Gutteridge and Helen Weinstein

See your IPUP Intern Resources Pages for Project Briefs

Invitation to IPUP Interns to "Views of York"

Wednesday 25th April 4.00pm to 5.00pm. All Welcome!

Meet IPUP Director, Helen Weinstein in the Fairfax House foyer for 4.00pm start

A personal behind- the-scenes tour of the Exhibition, VIEWS OF YORK, by the Guest Curator, Peter Brown, who has kindly offered a free tour to all those on the IPUP internship programme and our Humanities Research Centre Postgraduate and PostDoc Community, very useful for those volunteering on the new trails/apps of york projects to learn about the range of illustrations of the city and their provenance see

Exhibition by York Civic Trust, Courtesy of Fairfax House

IPUP Director as Consultant for Bodleian Library Digital Humanities Project

Thursday 12th April 2012

Helen Weinstein to guide this excellent project for integrating the major collections of early modern broadside ballads and for the JISC launch in 2013 to have maximum impact & dissemination. Click here to learn more about the project.

BBC Series Shaped by IPUP Director & IPUP Interns – “Brick by Brick: Rebuilding Our Past”

Friday 6th April, 9pm on BBC 2

» Find the series on iPlayer

The IPUP Director, Helen Weinstein worked closely with the series Director, Caroline Ross-Pirie to guide the research and narratives about the reconstruction of buildings brick by brick revealing the social history of their function and place. First programme is based in Hendon and the story of aviation pioneer Claude Grahame-White, presented by Dan Cruickshank and Charlie Luxton. IPUP interns played a key role in the research for the series, and there is a great shot of history student, Alice Ankeny, in the first episode leading the Hendon neighbours in to unveil the rebuild !

» Read IPUP intern blog, by Alice Ankeny, about her work on the series.

Queen Visits 1212 Exhibition at Yorkshire Museum

Thursday 5th April 2012

IPUP Director, Helen Weinstein, attends the YMT opening to mark 800 years since the granting of the Royal Charter.

» More information about the exhibition, “1212. The Making of the City”.

» See the IPUP film “York 800”

YMT Commissions film about The Anthony Shaw Collection

Helen Weinstein and the Historyworks team are commissioned to make a film about the life of collecting of Anthony Shaw for a short documentary to accompany the forthcoming show at York Art Gallery. See Historyworks website.

IPUP Director Chairs AHRC Discussion ‘How Do We Remember The Future?”

Thursday 29th March 9.30am to 5.30pm

All Welcome to Arts and Humanities Research Council Festival for “Beyond Text” to discuss the achievements for £5.5million funding for research and public engagement, generating understanding in to the way we communicate. Day Conference at The King’s Place.

» programme and venue information

» Publication of the excellent new report, “Beyond Copyright”

IPUP Attracts Favourable Press for History App

Launch of Jewish History App & Trail gathered favourable press features at Guardian, York Press, Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Telegraph, and the Jerusalem Daily, Haaretz. Click here for links to the press articles

"The York Jewish History Trail" to mark 1190 Massacre of the Jews at Clifford's Tower and App Launch

Helen Weinstein on History Trail

Friday 16th March 2.00pm to 3.30pm

Starting at the Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens YO1 7FR.
All Welcome!  Free.  No tickets Necessary.  Meet at the steps to the Yorkshire Museum ready to depart at 2.00pm.

Walking tour led by Professor Helen Weinstein, of 60 minutes duration ending up with free entrance to Clifford's Tower, kindly facilitated by the staff at English Heritage.  This walk is conducted
in partnership with York Museums Trust to pilot a new App on 16th March and so please bring your mobile devices if you have one to test out the useability.

This trail has been researched, devised and designed by postgraduate history students working under the guidance of the City Archaeologist, John Oxley, and the Director of IPUP, Helen Weinstein.

Please see IPUP's York Jewish History Trail webpage where you will find a downloadable leaflet with map, podcast and youtube versions of the trail to help introduce you to the subject or to use as a
self-directed trail. Click Here

AHRC Survey of Public Engagement IPUP encourages partners to assist public involvement in research

11th March to 16th April

For academics involved in public engagement, please help Arts and Humanities Research Council assess how we can better develop public involvement in our research by completing the survey. Please click here.

IPUP will involve partners in discussion of results this summer.

IPUP Director interviews celebrities & the public about “Who Do You Think You Are ?”

Friday 24th February to Sunday 26th February

IPUP Director, Helen Weinstein, has permission to interview Larry Lamb, Emilia Fox, Richard Madeley, and members of the public investigating their family and local history. If you are interested to assist IPUP with research at Olympia for the “Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2012” please be in contact with Helen Weinstein. For more information, go to

IPUP wins funding for Public Engagement with the History of Science

Tuesday 14th February

PHoSTEM (Public History of Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine)

IPUP has another successful application for funding for an AHRC Research Network, this time with our partners at the Science Museum, led by Chief Curator Tim Boon, with academics from the departments of Computer Science and History at the University of York. If you want to be involved in the research workshops that will take place over the academic year 2012/13 please contact Helen Weinstein.
See Tim Boon's overview article of the project: "Co-Curation and the Public History of Science and Technology".

IPUP Article published in Museums Journal

Wednesday 1st February

"Going Local: From Big State to Big Society" - an article authored by Helen Weinstein published today in the Museums Journal, seting out the issues discussed at our "Cultural Equalities Now" conference concerning participation and public policy in the heritage and cultural sectors. Other key players from the conference also have a voice in this issue, showing our role influencing policy discussions in the sector.

» Read Going Local: From Big State to Big Society

Eurotast Application deadlines

30th and 31st January

IPUP has played a key role in the EU FP7 research project on the impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade which offers 15 funded positions for young career researchers. The post of Experienced Researcher will be hosted at IPUP and the application process is now closed. Please do not send in any further enquiries. Updates will be provided on the Eurotast website:

IPUP Interns launch "The York Jewish History Trail"

2-3.30pm, Friday 27th January 2012, starting at the Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens YO1 7FR

Walking tour led by Professor Helen Weinstein with City Archaeologist John Oxley and IPUP student interns. Free and unticketed. All Welcome! Meet at the steps to the Yorkshire Museum.

This trail has been researched, devised and designed by postgraduate history students working under the guidance of the City Archaeologist, John Oxley, and the Director of IPUP, Helen Weinstein.

Explore the History of York with a new tour of the city and discover one thousand years of York's Jewish past from buildings of the Norman period up to the site of York's last synagogue, closed in 1975.

IPUP Intern students will provide the trail map, web resources and a podcast. If you want to take this as a self-guided trail, please see IPUP's Jewish History Trail webpage.

This event is organized by IPUP to mark Holocaust Memorial Day as part of the programme coordinated by the University of York and City of York Council. For further events in the region, please follow this link to the Holocaust Memorial Day website.

Translating Freedom

Debating Multidirectional Memory and the Holocaust with Professor Michael Rothberg

Friday 13th January 2012
2-6pm, HRC, Berrick Saul building

Organised by IPUP and the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) in partnership with the Centre for Modern Studies (CMoDS). This lecture will launch "Translating Freedom" as an AHRC Research Network for 2012, emerging out of the intellectual discussions held in the IPUP Seminar series over the past two years and our more recent reading group "Translating Freedom".

We are delighted to host Michael Rothberg, Professor of English, Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois, and author of books including "Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization".

For further information and readings on the "Translating Freedom" theme, please go to the IPUP Seminars webpage

Participation has a long way to go

1st January 2012

Museums Journal publishes opinion piece about our "Cultural Equalities Now" conference, outlining the next steps needed to support the practice of participation in the cultural sector, by DHG's Tracy-Ann Smith. Click here to see the article.