Jenny is involved in a number of projects with varying outputs and outcomes. For more information just follow the links or get in touch!
In 2016 we began work on a ‘subtle mob’ for St Fagans National History Museum, Wales. The project was a partnership between Cardiff University, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and yello brick, a creative marketing and street gaming company based in Cardiff. ‘Traces’ (‘Olion’ in the Welsh language version) is crafted for visitors to experience either on their own or in pairs.
‘Traces’ is not an audio guide. Nor is it a tourist guide. It is a site specific storytelling audio app which takes participants on a physical journey around St Fagans, meandering between fact and fiction, past and present. It is an artistic narrative interpretation or ‘composition’ which challenges visitors to experience St Fagans in a new way. It is both playful and thoughtful. The partner experience takes users on two separate journeys that interweave in ways that are expressly performative, but invisible to other visitors they might encounter within the grounds.
Traces was supported by an ESRC Impact Acceleration Award.
With New Eyes I See
With New Eyes I See was a collaborative research project between Jenny and yello brick funded in the first instance by the REACT Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy . The project created a site-specific digital heritage encounter using torches, projection and RFID to trigger content. An overview of this project and its findings has been published as an open access article in International Journal of Heritage Studies.
Voices of War and Peace, 2014 – 2019
Jenny is Co-Investigator on Birmingham University’s Voices of War and Peace project, a WW1 Engagement Centre funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project involves innovative collaboration between Cardiff University and a number of organisations on the theme of WW1 including The Cardiff Story, the Firing Line Museum of the Welsh Soldier, Cardiff Castle, the Cardiff Remembers project, National Museum Wales, Welsh National Opera and Wales for Peace.
Allied to this project, Jenny has been working with Dr. Joanne Sayner at Newcastle University researching the poppies installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red as it continues to tour the UK. This work is a collaboration with the Tower of London, Historic Royal Palaces and Imperial War Museums.
Challenging History Network
Challenging History is an investigation into the representation of difficult and sensitive subject matters, which has resulted in a number of reports, major recommendations to the cultural sector, and partnerships in the UK and beyond, including with the Tower of London, Imperial War Museums and the Digital Learning Network. We have held a number of events and sector-facing seminars, including International Conferences at Cardiff University (June 2016), Buckfast Abbey (2013) and at City University (February 2012) and an innovative Philosophy Salon at the National Portrait Gallery (June 2011). This research deals directly with issues around representation, media, identity, audiences, race and gender.
2010-2012 Joint recipient of a Grundtvig Award (from European Commission) to investigate Challenging History with the Lidice Memorial, Lidice, Czech Republic and the Forum of Contemporary History, Leipzig, Germany.
2012 – 2014 Co-Investigator on AHRC funded network ‘Visitor Generated Content’ with Leicester University Museums Studies Department. This started with a conference in January 2013, called The Shape of Things. See www.isayevents.wordpress.com.
The Significance of the Centenary
During 2013, The Significance of the Centenary project used a range of methodologies to explore the ways in which ‘the Centenary’ is given meaning. This included a discourse and content analysis of documents/news pertaining to the preparations for the Centenary of WW1 in 2014. The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and was a partnership with Birmingham University, Sheffield University, the Tower of London, Cultural Learning Alliance and the National Library of Wales.
Silence, Memory and Empathy Network
2012 – 2014: Jenny was Co-Investigator on the AHRC funded network Silence, Memory and Empathy in Museums and at Historic Sites with the University of Birmingham. UK Project partners included: Buckfast Abbey, Historic Royal Palaces, the Cultural Learning Alliance,Imperial War Museums, National Maritime Museum, Oriel High School, the Hitchin Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland, Royal Armouries Leeds, and the Highlanders Museum.
Performance, Learning and Heritage
The Performance, Learning and Heritage research project was an investigation into the uses and impact of performance as a medium of learning and interpretation in museums and at historic sites. Funded by a major research grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the project ran for three and a half years from 2005 to 2008. Jenny was the Research Associate on the project.
City of London Festival audience research
In 2009 Jenny was commissioned as a consultant (funded by Knowledge Connect) to work with the City of London Festival team on an extensive audience study. Jenny has also been a researcher and consultant for the Manchester Museum.
2017-2018 Evaluator on the HLF funded Wales for Peace project.
2015-2016 Principle Investigator on ESRC funded Traces project in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and yello brick.
2014-2019 Co-Investigator on AHRC funded supplementary bid for ‘Voices of War and Peace’ WW1 Engagement Centre with University of Birmingham.
2014 Principle Investigator on 2 Digital Storytelling in Health Services projects funded by Cardiff University.
2013 Principle Investigator on REACT pump priming award for ‘With New Eyes I See’ pervasive documentary.
2013 Co-Investigator on AHRC research network ‘The Significance of the Centenary’ part of the Care for the Future call. Working with Birmingham University, Sheffield University, National Library of Wales and the Tower of London.
2012-2014 Co-Investigator on AHRC research network ‘Visitor Created Content’ with Leicester University.
2012-2014 Co-Investigator on AHRC research network ‘Silence, Memory and Empathy’ with Birmingham University.
2010-2012 Joint recipient of a €20,000 Grundtvig Award to investigate Challenging History. Partners include City University, Historic Royal Palaces, Imperial War Museums, MLA London, the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig (Germany) and the Lidice Memorial (Czech Republic).
2010 Joint recipient of City University Research Competition prize for Best Interdisciplinary Project (£10,000).
2007 British Academy award for conference travel.