Public Engagement Toolbox

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

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 the Crowdcast programme and engaging a […]

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 […]

Apps

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 […]

Impacting Policy with Early Modern Research

November 11, 2020

  In this interview, the SRS’s John Gallagher speaks to Professor Nandini Das (University of Oxford) about how early modern research can speak to very modern policy questions. Nandini is the Principal Investigator on the ERC-funded project Travel, Transculturality, and Identity in England, c. 1550 – 1700, also known as TIDE. Here, she talks to […]

Pitching & Writing Trade Nonfiction

November 11, 2020

  In this interview, the SRS’s John Gallagher speaks to Professor Catherine Fletcher (Manchester Metropolitan University) about her experiences as a successful writer of history books aimed at a wide audience, including 2016’s The Black Prince of Florence and – just out this year – The Beauty and the Terror: An Alternative History of the […]

Tweeting Renaissance Research

November 10, 2020

In this blog post, Dr James Brown (University of Sheffield) offers a masterclass in running social media, and especially Twitter, for an early modern research project. James is currently Research Associate and Project Manager (UK) for the international project Intoxicating Spaces: The Impact of New Intoxicants on Urban Spaces in Europe, 1600–1850 and has many […]