Academic Research   |   Doctoral Research

The Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies: connected collaboration, connected communities and connected impact

Dr Helen fisher is part of a new AHRC funded project which celebrates 50 years of the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies.

Faith on the Air: religious educational broadcasting history, c.1920-

Dr Stephen Parker has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust to study the history of religious education broadcasting in the UK since 1920. This project, based at the University of Worcester started in 2014 and will run for three years.

Voices of War and Peace: the Great War and its Legacy

This First World War Engagement Centre project is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and is in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is a joint initiative across the Midlands with the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, Newman University, the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Worcester, and further afield with the University of Glasgow, Manchester Metropolitan University and Cardiff University. It will run until 2016.

The Engagement Centre is based in the Library of Birmingham and it will support a wide range of community engagement activities, connecting academic and public histories of the First World War as part of the commemoration of the War’s centenary.

Surburban Birmingham: spaces and places: 1880-1960

This British Academy funded research project was led by Ian Grosvenor working in partnership with curators from Birmingham Museum and Art Galleries, and archivists and librarians from Birmingham Libraries and Archives as well the University of Birmingham Special Collections.

As its title suggests, the project focused on the suburban spaces in which increasingly large numbers of Birmingham's inhabitants worked, rested, and played from the late-nineteenth century onwards. The researchers explored how public spaces (e.g. streets, squares, lidos, parks, meeting halls), semi-public spaces (e.g. pubs, clubs, music halls, shops, cafés, allotments, places of worship), and private spaces (homes and gardens) were built, used, thought about, and represented over an 80 year period of great social, economic, political and cultural change.

A study of Indian influences on progressive education in Britain during the early twentieth century and their subsequent impact

This research, funded by the British Academy was based on the premise that the existence of the empire opened up channels for a two-way exchange of educational thought and practice, and was primarily concerned with the flow of educational influence from the colonized to colonizer. By concentrating on the connections between educationists and movements in Britain and India in the early twentieth century, the research sought to gain an understanding of motivations underlying these connections from both sides and the extent to which they were political or pedagogical. Additionally, the research also examined how Indian influences arising from these connections were manifested in British educational thought and practice.

Contact:Dr Laura-Day Ashley

Birmingham stories: from communities of interpretation to communities of understanding

The living stories found in local archives hold an important key to understanding urgent social issues surrounding identity, citizenship and belonging. By using archives and library resources, this project, led by Professor Ian Grosvenor, aimed to make discoveries about ourselves which would allow us to become better informed and empowered in our understanding of history. The project included presentations and workshops in local communities as well as the production of a number of resources based on a wide range of socially significant archive collections held by Birmingham Libraries and Archives Service. 

Birmingham Stories project

Doctoral Researchers

There are a number of doctoral students associated with DOMUS. Some of their profiles may be viewed below.

Alison Laitner

Discovering Childrens’ Voices and Experiences; Changes from family to institutional care for children and young people with disabilities , Birmingham 1770 to 1870.

Izzy Mohammed

Public archives, Representation and Integration in Post-War, Multicultural Urban Contexts: Birmingham and Manchester

Julie Foster

Did Education Make a Difference? The impact education on the outcome of working-class individuals in Birmingham in the 19th century.