Post-graduate research is expensive, and funding in the arts and humanities hard to come by. To prove that you are worthy of funding should the opportunity arise, you have to try and spread the word on your work, which is why over the last few months I’ve been attending quite a few conferences and last week entered a Pecha Kucha competition in Cardiff.
I’d never heard of Pecha Kucha before, but I think its becoming an increasingly common form of presentation at conferences (as the slides move on automatically its a great way to stop academics getting too long winded!). Standard Pecha Kucha presentations consist of 20 slides lasting 20 seconds each but the competition I took part in, organised by KESS who along with the National Trust are funding prosiect penrhyn at the moment, consisted of just 6 slides lasting 30 seconds each. It’s really challenging to try and condense your research into such a narrow timeframe, and I must say, terrifying as it was, I quite enjoyed the experience.
One of the most interesting things about the evening was hearing about the wide variety of projects KESS are funding, each really innovative and important; from research into the cancer gene to type 2 diabeties, or research into zero carbon buildings and harnessing tidal power, all the projects had amazing practial and often life/planet saving applications. I particularly loved the sound of the winning research project, which look at how tea, yes good old cups of tea, could be used to kill hospital caught infections.
As to myself, i didn’t do too badly, although I did feel a little scared to put my hand up in front of a room full of ground breaking research scientists and say, hey, you might be a saving lives but look at this letter I’ve found!
So, that brings me to the documents I’ve been working on today. I’m glad to say I’ve finished a box and have started on Box 57, which is a bit of a random one, but having started with letters about horse race fixing and libel, looks like it may be interesting:
|56.03||Box file of documents relating to the Stockbridge Fishery and the Houghton Fishing Club.||1887-1907|
|56.04||Box file of family correspondence.||1878-1906||