Public Engagement Toolbox

The Public Engagement Toolbox contains a series of conversations and tips from leading Renaissance scholars who engage with the public humanities.

Impact and Impactful Research

June 5, 2022

      What is impact and how can we do impactful research? That’s the topic of this SRS Public Engagement Toolbox conversation with Dr Sara Read and Dr Catie Gill, both of Loughborough University, whose work with the National Civil War Centre in Newark was the basis for an Impact Case Study in REF […]

BBC AHRC New Generation Scheme

August 25, 2021

  This is a recording of a live Public Engagement Toolbox conversation, where SRS’s Dr John Gallagher spoke with Dr Hetta Howes (City, University of London) and Dr Christina Faraday (University of Cambridge) about their experiences as part of the BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers programme. Each year, the BBC and the AHRC team up to […]

A Bit Lit

April 28, 2021

  When lockdowns kicked in across the world in spring 2020, A Bit Lit was born as a platform for sharing conversations, talks, readings, creative work and now podcasts. In over one hundred films, the A Bit Lit team have brought together scholars and creative practitioners and many more to talk about the early modern […]

Making Art History TV

March 5, 2021

  In this interview, the SRS’s John Gallagher speaks with Dr James Fox (University of Cambridge), an art historian who has reached a wide public audience with his popular art history TV programmes for the BBC. James recalls how he started by putting his art history knowledge to work as a TV researcher, before taking […]

Online Scholarly Events

March 4, 2021

  When the Covid-19 pandemic struck, many academic events had to scramble to move online. At the Society for Renaissance Studies, Dr Rachel Willie (Liverpool John Moores University) was the driving force behind a series of new and exciting events, from seminars and conversations to book launches, hosted on Crowdcast and engaging a broad global […]

Museum Exhibitions

January 27, 2021

     In this conversation, the SRS’s John Gallagher talks to Dr Victoria Avery (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge) and Dr Melissa Calaresu (University of Cambridge) about collaborations between museums and university academics, and the business of creating and launching a major collaborative exhibition. Today’s guests have an impressive track record of collaboration, having worked together on […]

Special Collections & Social Media

December 10, 2020

In this interview, the SRS’s John Gallagher speaks with Bob MacLean, who’s Assistant Librarian for Rare Books in the Archives & Special Collections of the University of Glasgow Library. They discuss public engagement with special collections, and how archives and libraries can use Twitter and blogging to broaden engagement with their collections. A useful resource […]


November 27, 2020

    In this interview, the SRS’s John Gallagher speaks to Professor Fabrizio Nevola (University of Exeter) about his work on public engagement using smartphone apps. Fabrizio talks about the process of turning research into content for the Hidden Florence app, and how the Hidden Cities approach has inspired a much bigger multi-city project and […]

Walking Tours

November 19, 2020

  In this interview, John speaks to Prof Tracey Hill (Bath Spa University) about her experience of turning research into early modern London and civic culture into walking tours. They take a stroll through the practical and intellectual challenges and opportunities of this unique kind of public engagement, and Tracey has plenty of tips to […]