• All the Small Things exhibition

      Bartram, Angela; University of Derby (2021-09-10)
      All the Small Things is an exhibition of artworks, designs, films and music at Artcore's Derby City Centre gallery. The exhibition presents the exciting and diverse work produced by staff in the School of Arts at the University of Derby, and includes artefacts, videos, painting, drawing and photography, amongst others. The exhibition covers the range of disciplines represented and taught within the University's School of Arts portfolio - fine art, photography, design, film, media, performing arts, and therapeutic arts. The rules: objects and wall-based works should be no bigger than 6 inches x 6 inches x 6 inches; films no longer than 5 minutes duration. Curated by Angela Bartram.
    • Who are we, Where do we come from, Where are we going to? Writing Greek Cypriot Women's Art Histories in Contemporary Cyprus

      Photiou, Maria; University of Derby (Bloomsbury, 2021-03-25)
      This chapter engages with material so far insufficiently examined in art history: the work of Greek Cypriot women artists. The work of these women artists has received little attention and has frequently been marginalised from official art histories. This chapter develops a framework to explain some of the processes and conditions that affected Greek Cypriot women artists’ lives and careers. It is based on research I carried out for my doctoral thesis at Loughborough University entitled Rethinking the History of Cypriot Art: Greek Cypriot Women Artists in Cyprus. In this chapter I begin with reviewing perspectives on writing Greek Cypriot women artists’ histories. I will address the socio-political conditions from which Greek Cypriot artists emerged and their problematic position, which has been associated with patriarchy and nationalism. This matter is explored by a number of contemporary Greek Cypriot feminists: patriarchal society and national politics left no space for women in Cyprus to struggle for women’s rights, to contest patriarchy or to gain public visibility.2Significant to my discussion is how the socio-political conditions affected Greek Cypriot women artists’ lives and careers. Within this context I will use interview material to refine our understanding of how women artists responded to these socio-political conditions. The works of Loukia Nicolaidou At the Fields (c.1933) and Rhea Bailey Memories of the Yard (1979) will be analysed – their work underlines discourses related to gender relations and socio-political conditions in contemporary Cyprus.
    • Reflections in Anticipation of Loss

      Bartram, Angela; University of Derby (2021-09-08)
      There is a shadow that quietly, but progressively creeps upon us with advancing age, a sense of being unheard and increasingly cloaked with invisibility. Solitude and loneliness, which is so often a consequence for the elderly, has a deteriorating effect on health, which often goes unrepresented, unacknowledged, and not discussed. A domestic companion offers appeasement, and a dog gains significance where there is no other human present. The lightning talk focuses on the reflective and poignant stories of the anticipated loss of a pet dog told by participants in my artistic research project, Dogs and the Elderly. The project, made with participants from the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Memory Cafes’ in Nottingham and Lincolnshire, connects with those held in a companionable embrace with dogs. It offers personal and pertinent stories of the significance of end of live interspecies relationships to be told; it provides the opportunity for others to listen and hear those intimacies and understand the positive value such inter-species relationships bring. The conference presentation addresses and discuss the importance of domestic end of life human-dog relationships, and the anticipation and fear of loss to come. A video, containing the words spoken by participants, will play throughout to illustrate their sentiments.
    • Beyond theoretical: integrating a live project brief into an interior design module

      Jones, Rhiannon; Slabbert, Barend; McMahon, Daithi; Di Monte-Milner, Giovanna; University of Derby (University of Derby, 2021-07-20)
    • Creative and artistic place-making: creating a museology of Civic Dialogues during a pandemic

      Jones, Rhiannon; University of Rome; University of Derby (Cumulus, 2021-06-11)
      Dr Jones chair of the Contemporary Art Working Group will discuss examples of how artists, educators and researchers are creating Design Culture(s) within Contemporary Art practice and research. It will consider this in relation to the Cumulus Community, so extending the debate on current issues, practices and research shared live at the Cumulus 2021 conference. To facilitate this, there will be a project presentation on Creative and artistic place-making: creating a museology of Civic Dialogues during a pandemic. Dr Jones invited Andrea Hadley-Johnson, Artistic Programme Manager, National Justice Museum, UK to co-present and share examples of methodologies engaged and devised through a co-creative and place-making model for the generation of public practice. This will be followed by an open platform for discussion. We will share ideas or acts of resilience, adaption and invention within Contemporary Art locating examples within a globalised frame of reference. The working group invited participation from academics, located internationally, whose practice and/or research challenges notions of civic resilience, design cultures, current cultural, social, and economic challenges in art and design.
    • Derby Voice: Creative Place-Making

      Jones, Rhiannon; McMahon, Daithi; University of Western Australia (Common Ground Research Networks, 2021-06-16)
      The artistic research project Derby Voice engaged 300 young people from areas of deprivation in Derby and at risk of exclusion from education. The methodology used S.H.E.D to create a co-designed site-specific installation at Derby Cathedral. It provided young people with opportunities to create work for a public context, to talk about their city and issues exacerbated by the COVID pandemic in the UK; such as BLM, education reform, employment, mental health and well-being. The research identified key barriers including the lack of cultural integration outside of school time in the UK and the impact on financial or family support. Derby Voice highlights the value of devising an artistic and dialogic methodology. The research’s impact is noted within UK contemporary social contexts. It enhanced wellbeing, widened access and increased cultural opportunities for young people in Derby. It shifted thinking about formal education settings and redefined the way young people’s voices are understood and can influence policy and act as a call for change. The research highlights the benefits of temporal installations as cultural and consultation spaces for stakeholders, public and policy-makers to engage directly with youth voice, through creative place-making by young people. It provided essential life skills resulting in social mobility and widening access to the arts. It disseminated both the design and impact of the research, proposing that dialogic methodologies are an instigator for change in order to enable and empower young people. The research actively contributed to the cultural offer in Derby and impacts of socially-engaged art.
    • OneConversation with S.H.E.D: Designing in Dialogue

      Jones, Rhiannon; Slabbert, Barend; University of Derby (2021-04-22)
      This research workshop will provide an opportunity to find out more about S.H.E.D. Together, we will discuss what a bespoke configuration would look like, where it would be placed and what you want to see happen in it, to best serve you and your community. We will do this through discussion and watch as your design comes to life on screen in 3D animation, placing co-creation at the heart of what we do, to support the shedding of preconceptions about people and place.
    • Pre-conference keynote discussion for CHEAD

      Jones, Rhiannon; University of Derby (CHEAD, 2021-03-16)
      Chaired by Dr Rhiannon Jones, a virtual S.H.E.D was created to host a live digital conference session for delegates to attend a post keynote discussion. Reflecting on Baroness Benjamin’s incredible journey, her inspirational positivity and her passion for education as an agency for social justice. In the S.H.E.D were panelists, David McGravie,Head of School of Arts Deputy Dean College of Arts, Humanities and Education University of Derby Benita Odogwu-Atkinson, University of the Arts London,FACE: Fashion Academics Creating Equality Member and Kerry Gough Principal Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, Learning and Teaching Manager. The S.H.E.D, is a flatpack, pop up and mobile arts venue & public space, designed for the facilitation of conversation. It has been designed for the shedding of preconceptions of people and place. This humble ‘garden shed’ can be transformed into a variety of bespoke environments, has 15 rubric configurations to instigate bespoke co-creative environments with others in order to deliver strategically designed activities. It has been designed in line with cultural and socio-civic research, its flexibility enables it to deliver strategically designed activities, while also providing an accessible and inclusive space that supports the needs and priorities of communities. For the post keynote discussion, a digital version was created, S.H.E.D was a vehicle for discovery and development. But we hope to retain its ethos, which, at the heart of the project is the desire to create positive civic impact, working towards greater social mobility by providing opportunities to access inspirational and educational content outside of formal organisational structures. And focuses on access and education for all through creative and cultural engagement. The Keynote speaker, Baroness Benjamin’s, provided an inspiring address on Childhood Lasts a Lifetime – which was used as both inspiration and provocation for the panel discussion. Reflections were given on Baroness Benjamin’s incredible journey, her inspirational positivity and her passion for education as an agency for social justice. This panel will focus on the fact that it will be a year since UK higher education was faced with an abrupt shift to response mode in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. The sector responded with agility, creativity and flexibility, with much to celebrate in how our community innovated so rapidly with many adaptions showing the way towards significant transformations for the longer-term. At the same time as the COVID 19 crisis, the Black Lives Matter movement resurged and mobilised action for change. The realisation that the ‘New Normal’ is one of inevitable constant change must also come with an understanding of uncertainty. We cannot go back to where we were, and we need to reframe what our future will be. The conference created a space to learn and reflect, and turned our thoughts to the renewal and reimagining of our role in a shifting, more sustainable, fairer and diverse future. The session was designed by Dr Rhiannon Jones, to facilitate and provoke discourse on some of the key themes and matters that are at the fore in art and design education and practice. To achieve this, a series of provocations were given, RJ provocation for the floor…..” What is the importance and contribution of arts and design? Is that students learn to think and act as artists, makers and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of and engagement in art, craft and design as critical consumers and audiences and an understanding of its role in the creative and cultural industries that shape and enrich their lives. RJ provocation for the floor…..” To be resilient, to have determination, to encourage creativity in everyone and access for everyone to education. To empower children/young people to ‘fix the world’ Would you agree…. RJ provocation for the floor…..”Key to overcoming some of the biggest issues facing modern Britain, the education sector must continue to reform. From determining the right balance between school autonomy and central oversight, to finding ways that education can provide a pathway for all children to achieve their potential, informed research and discussions are needed to make headway. Adult education and continuous skills development is also increasingly crucial as the labour market is transforming, meaning that education reform will be necessary across all age groups”. Do you agree with this? RJ provocation for the floor…..”Governments Social Mobility Report (published Feb 2021) “This is the Commission’s tenth year of influencing policy at the highest level and pushing for sustainable change in areas including early years childcare, housing, education and apprenticeships. We have made great strides but there is still a long way to go.” Sasha Morgan, Director of the Social Mobility Commission
    • S.H.E.D. – Design for Emergency

      Jones, Rhiannon; Barker, Victoria; Colombo, Sara; Ciuccarelli, Paolo; CHEAD (CHEAD, 2021-03-17)
      This presentation introduces the Design for Emergency research project, an open design platform launched in 2020 at the Center for Design (Northeastern University, Boston) to collaborate on design solutions and confront the COVID-19 emergency. Design for Emergency is led by Dr Sara Colombo and Prof Paolo Ciuccarelli and gathers a global team of researchers across 11 countries. They will discuss the first design activity built on results of an international survey and a design challenge in Brazil. As well as offering insights into how this research project reconfigures design needs and purpose, their introduction provides a refreshing take on a global understanding of the role that design challenges perform in order to build solutions that address the problems and challenges of the pandemic. Dr Rhiannon Jones and Dr Victoria Barker are the lead UK Research partners. Dr Rhiannon Jones and Dr Victoria Barker will share plans for the UK research for this project, building further survey insights and creating a S.H.E.D open design challenge for UK-based designers and artists to test out some of the internationally proposed designs generated as a result of this research initiative.
    • Be Your Dog (re-worked) at Mink Festival: A Zoo of the Pandemic

      Bartram, Angela; University of Derby (Mink Festival, 2021-01)
      Be Your Dog analyses the relationship that positions animal bodies as hierarchically other, by offering understanding of differing perspectives within domestic cohabiting pairs of inter-species companions. Developed with seven sets of established companions in workshops over two weekends at KARST, this inter-species ‘pack’ became co-performers in a concluding public event. All participants were positioned and were visible as artists and equals. This is a re-worked video taken from the footage of the public event.
    • ANTONYM: Life With and Without Animals: an online exhibition

      Bartram, Angela; Baker, Steve; University of Derby (2020-11)
      The online exhibition ANTONYM: Life With and Without Animals presents the work of eight artists from the UK, USA and Iceland at Artcore, Derby. Each makes artwork that engages with the more-than-human world, reflecting on contemporary threats to nonhuman life as well as on the pleasures of our relationships with other species. The exhibition coincides with the online conference Life With and Without Animals at the University of Derby, and is its companion exhibition. Like its companion, this exhibition was scheduled for physical delivery at Artcore, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic a decision was made to make this online. Both events were organised and curated by Steve Baker and Angela Bartram. The exhibition includes work by the following international artists: Andrea Roe and Cath Keay; Angela Bartram; Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy; Johanna Hällsten; Julia Schlosser; Lee Deigaard; Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson; and Steve Baker.
    • Life with and without animals: the second (Un)common worlds conference

      Bartram, Angela; Baker, Steve; University of Derby (University of Derby, 2020-11)
      Keynote speakers: Dr. Susan McHugh, Professor of English, University of New England and Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson - Dr Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir, Professor of Fine Art, Iceland University of the Arts, Reykjavík, and, Dr Mark Wilson, Professor of Fine Art, Institute of the the Arts, University of Cumbria, UK. Following the first (Un)common Worlds conference in Turku, Finland in 2018, called Contesting the Limits of Human – Animal Communities, the animal research group within the Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre at the University of Derby presented the second, Life With and Without Animals, a one-day online animal studies conference in November 2020. When the term ‘animal studies’ was coined in the early 1990s it was initially envisaged rather narrowly as a subfield of the social sciences, but by the time of two large and ground-breaking international conferences in 2000 – Representing Animals in Milwaukee and Millennial Animals in Sheffield – it was clear that the arts and humanities were at least as important to this nascent field as the social sciences. Some of the concerns of those early conferences remain as important as ever: the avoidance of anthropocentrism, an attention to the lives and experience of nonhuman animals that does not reduce them to symbolic representations of human values, and a recognition of the contested but necessary role of animal advocacy within the field of animal studies. Other priorities have shifted, perhaps most importantly in recognition of the impact of climate change, environmental degradation and species extinctions, and the changes these have brought about to our understanding of, and engagement with the more-than-human world. This conference conveyed a sense of what the interdisciplinary field of animal studies looked like in 2020, and included contributions in support of this proposal. Originally planned as a three-day physical conference for July 2020, this was rescheduled and re-orientated for online delivery over a day in November 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A recording of the day is attached to this record. Conference leads: Professor Steve Baker and Professor Angela Bartram.
    • A profound difference: InDialogue Symposium

      Harris, Philip; University of Derby (University of Derby, 2019-11-19)
      Young Europeans studying at the University of Derby were invited to be filmed and speaking of their attitudes towards the outcome of the EU referendum. They were given the choice to speak in their own language or in English. A stipulation was the time duration of sixteen seconds, imposed due to the limitations of the mechanism of the camera for the production of slow-motion footage. Each loop recycles over a period of approximately one minute. The employment of slow-motion transforms the rendering of the act of speaking into a dramatic performance, heightening the awareness of the viewer to the movements of the face, the intonation of words (e.g. as the lips purse to form the Br of Brexit) and the perceived quality of expression as the act of speaking slowly unfolds throughout the duration of the film as sixteen seconds is expanded into sixty. The division of the face into light and dark, the silence of the footage against the mechanical noise of the projector, the cyclical repetition of the footage, allude to the social polarisation caused by this political process and the sense alienation felt by many young Europeans who live, study and work here. The film is presented as an Installation of 16mm cine projectors with films on continuous loops.
    • River-Film: Cine installation

      Harris, Philip; University of Derby (2019-06-26)
      A moving-image installation of the River Derwent using analogue cine film and multiple projectors Installation staged for the Landscapes and Legacy Conference, University of Derby, 26th June 2019. River-Film is a work in progress that explores the qualities of the River Derwent as both an object of nature and a human resource using the medium of cine film. The Derwent has been filmed from its rising at Bleaklow and a number of stages throughout its course culminating with its merging with the River Trent, south of the City of Derby. The physical substance of analogue cine film as opposed to the material remoteness of digital video has been employed and explored for its physical properties: flexible, fluvial and fragile. The films are presented in loops of up to 10 metres using multiple projectors. The installation of River-Film is a highly embodied experience that requires the viewer to negotiate the presence of machinery, loops of film and other viewers, as film footage rotates through each projector in an unrepeatable combination of imagery. As such, the work reflects the diverse topographical environments of the Derwent, the inheritance of a history of industrialisation, and the cycle of natural processes.
    • A profound difference: Installation

      Harris, Philip; University of Derby (FORMAT, 2019-03-15)
      The UK referendum on the decision to leave the EU was a very contentious event. It revealed some very significant divisions in the population of the United Kingdom. Not least was the division between age. Where the majority of young people voted to remain, an older generation largely voted to leave. Consequently, the outcome of the referendum was very much influenced by people for whom a future beyond the borders of the UK was irrelevant. The work uses continental domestic film media from the 1950s, the period during which the foundations for a supranational state of European countries was first being formed. The cine medium acts as the institutional and social structure The images of young people, made using continental domestic cine equipment from the 1950s, are projected onto and inside the wooden panels of polling booths to impose their silent presence on the vehicle The work has been installed using eight 8mm cine projectors, each throwing footage from a loop of film of a young person speaking of their response to the referendum onto the external and internal surfaces of two old-fashioned wooden polling booths. The booths act as a physical manifestation of the act of voting. As the viewer approaches the booths they are confronted with the images of young people, speaking but rendered silent by the medium used to represent them Being a silent medium, their voices cannot be heard.
    • Cumulus: Contemporary Art Working Group

      Jones, Rhiannon; Skiles, Nathan; University of Derby; University of Lapland (Cumulus, 2019-05)
      Dr Jones co-chaired the Cumulus Contemporary Art Working group session, hosted by University of Lapland, Rovaniemi. During this session the research landscape and ambitions of the working group were determined and discussed. Those in attendance were international colleagues from other H.E Art and Design institutions, and members of the Cumulus Network. Led by Dr Jones and with Mr Skiles, from Ringling College, Florida, they facilitated and debated the role of the contemporary art working group. To do this they applied it to the main Cumulus 2019 conference theme of ‘Resilience and Intelligence’ within Contemporary Art practice and research. To facilitate this session, the example of S.H.E.D was provided by Jones as a UK example, of how an artistic research project has created live project briefs, working with interior design students at University of Derby, and works between H.E and cultural and educational partners in order to extend the debate on current issues, practices and research. The working group used S.H.E.D as a provocation to discuss modes of practice and/or research, challenge notions of resilience, role, responsibility, and where ideas or acts of resistance within Contemporary Art can be shared and discussed (publicly), within a globalised frame of reference. S.H.E.D was used to allude to how a mobile design project could act as a research platform for the exchange and generation of knowledge through the invited modes of participation, collaboration, inspiration and mentorship Through which, the ambitions of the wider contemporary art working group was also emphasised and reconsidered, as a discursive and dissemination space for innovative processes in art and design pedagogy and practice.
    • Utran Conversations

      Davies, Huw; Basi, Philip, Ranjit; University of Derby / Artcore (Artcore / University of Derby, 2019-10-18)
      Utran Conversations is a 3-channel, 30-minute, experimental documentary film by Huw Davies and Philip Ranjit Basi, set against the backdrop of the world’s largest kite festival in Gujarat, India. It explores the social and cultural contexts for a huge visual spectacle which marks the transition from winter to summer. The Festival serves to bind together different communities and crosses religious divides. It also provides a complex infrastructure for the employment of thousands of homeworkers engaged in the in the manufacture and distribution of kites and associated apparel. Utran Conversations also comments on the environmental impact, particularly to the local wildlife as the balance of the natural ecosystem is disturbed by the presence of the glass coated threads which are used in the kite flying and fighting rituals, even causing human fatalities. Exploring these themes and issues the film interweaves a multiple series of ‘conversations’ with key players from kite makers to kite flyers and wildlife NGO’s, set around the event of the Utran Festival itself. Utran Conversations was supported by Artcore and DMARC and produced as part of an international artists’ research residency at the Reliance Arts Centre, Baroda in January 2019. It was exhibited as part of the exhibition Otherlings, (Artcore, Derby. October/November 2019) and S.H.E.D at InDialogue Symposium, (Nottingham Contemporary. November 2019). Selected and shown in competition at: Crown Wood International Film Festival (Kolkata, March 2020); New York Indian Film Festival (July/August 2020); Pune Short Film Festival (December 2020); Goa Short Film Festival (December 2020); Lake City International Film Festival (Delhi, December 2020).
    • Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary, HD Film, 9’24’’, 2019

      McCloskey, Paula; Vardy, Sam; Derby University; Sheffield Hallam University (Paula McCloskey, 2020-11-06)
      'Myths for a Wetland Imaginary' 09,24 HD film, at ANTONYM: Life With and Without Animals, Art Core, Derby, UK Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary, digital film, 09.24 a place of their own (artist duo Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy) present a film made as part of their ‘Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary’*, a project that explores potential of art to create resistant wetland imaginaries as alternate to dominant carbon and capitalist ones. This film was developed through a residency at Walthamstow Wetlands Centre, which included participatory workshops (mapping, stories and myth-making), site-responsive performance walk and multi-media installation. Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary asks how a transdisciplinary art practice working with the sciences and indigenous knowledges opens up alternate ways for disparate communities to think about climate change, biodiversity and colonialism; and what the role of art can be in producing resistant counter-imaginaries to capitalist and carbon imaginaries? Wetlands are one of the earth’s most important ecologies, yet also one of the most threatened. This project situated wetland loss as part of global colonialism, and attended to a paradoxical condition of wetlands which has immense potential: while their global destruction is due to dominant carbon/capitalist imaginaries they can yet open up new imaginaries through their unique ecologies, biological processes, entanglements of human/nonhuman, local and global relevance, and in enabling different knowledges. 'Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary' makes visible intimate relationships between personal, local, experiences of wetlands and their planetary dimension. The film articulates something of the complex biological, ecological and political ideas of new multiple relational possibilities. The cumulative activities of Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary of which the film is part start to reveal a ‘global wetlands imaginary’ as an ecological imaginative space for human and more-than-human co-existence, as a metaphor for new forms of multispecies solidarity. The exhibition ANTONYM: Life With and Without Animals presents the work of eight artists from the UK, USA and Iceland. Each makes artwork that engages with the more-than-human world, reflecting on contemporary threats to nonhuman life as well as on the pleasures of our relationships with other species. The exhibition coincides with the online conference Life With and Without Animals at the University of Derby, and both events are organised and curated by Steve Baker and Angela Bartram.
    • Introduction

      Delaire, B.D.; Gotoph, Hefar; University of Derby (Cambridge Scholars, 2020-12-17)
      The introduction to Mythologies, Identities and Territories of Photography: Forever//Now provides a creative turn to conventional introductory chapter writing by using a transcript of an email exchange by two delegates of the conference event on the 15th March 2019. The reciprocal communications of Hefar Gotoph and B.D. Delaire, both academics in the field, chart the period from their invitation to write a co-authored introduction, to the conclusion of their dialogue. The nature of their conversations discuss the arising issues and contexts from the conference itself with more specific references to each contributors paper within the text, which interplays with the emerging social contexts of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic over a ten month period. Hefar Gotoph is an independent writer and curator working and residing between the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania and Ukraine. He has worked for many years for a number of universities in Eastern Europe and specialises in inter-disciplinary research and creative practices that combine still and moving image with performance and improvised music. He is founder and director of the East European Experimental Film Cooperative, and he has written widely for specialist film, photography and performance art journals. B.D. Delaire is a writer, artist, and Professor of the Université du Luxembourg. They have taught both art history and philosophy across prominent institutions in Europe and America. Their work is informed by contemporary debates about art, politics and philosophy, embracing especially continental philosophy from Kant to the present, psychoanalytical theory, binaries of sceptic space and the Marxist intellectual tradition. They have published, amongst others, ‘After Theo Kerg: Mid Century Tactility of Form’ and ‘Herve Keenke, Knowledge and Truss Revisited’.
    • Our Story: A History of the Irish in Derby (promo edit)

      McMahon, Daithí; University of Derby (2019-03-01)
      Our Story is an oral history project that aims to capture the individual stories and experiences of the Irish diaspora here in Derby who emigrated from the 1950s right up to today. The interviews capture the faces and personalities of individuals for posterity while also recording and celebrating the significant contribution the Irish community has made to the Derby area culturally, economically and socially. These interviews are being captured now, particularly with older contributors, so that their stories and personalities can be remembered forever. This project seeks to create an indelible record of the Irish people in Derby so that future generations, including the families of the participants, can always have access to a record of their grandparents, great grandparents etc and that these can also be shared with the wider community. It is a poignant project, especially at a time when we mark the centenary of the armistice and consider the challenges and uncertainty Brexit may bring. This piece offers a timely reminder of the UK’s closest neighbour and the strong ties that exist between Ireland and the UK, which ought not be forgotten. The piece is a teaser video for an ongoing wider oral history research project involving dozens of contributors of all ages. The project is supported by the Derby Irish Association, the Embassy of Ireland, UK and the University of Derby.