5.1 Further reading

The following are some suggestions for further reading. As this guide was written for the Institute of Classical Studies, some of the resources listed here specifically focus on public engagement work connected with Classics and related disciplines. Do bear in mind, however, that the formats which are used for public engagement events need not be specific to particular disciplines; most formats can be adapted to suit your own research, regardless of your field of specialism.

Classics-themed resources:

The Institute of Classical Studies (ICS) blog features reports on many public engagement projects supported or delivered by the ICS.

This report on a survey conducted by Emma Bridges on behalf of the ICS in 2019 gives an overview of public engagement activities carried out by UK-based researchers in Classics and related disciplines. It also presents statistics relating to where these activities were being carried out, by whom, and with what kinds of funding and other support.

This film features talks which were given at a public engagement workshop hosted by the Institute of Classical Studies on 22 March 2018. It features the following speakers and projects:

·       Dr. Zena Kamash – Remembering the Romans in the Middle East and North Africa (a museum-based project exploring ways of connecting with the past through creative activities)

·       Dr. Laura Swift – Fragments (a collaboration with a theatre company sharing research on ancient fragmentary poetry)

·       Dr. Michael Eades – the Being Human festival (an annual national festival, based in the UK, during which humanities researchers share their work at events aimed at non-specialist audiences)

·       Dr. Jessica Hughes – Classics Confidential (a podcast series sharing Classics research)

·       Dr. Jen Grove – Sex and History (a project which uses historical objects to encourage young people to talk more openly about sex and relationships)


Resources for public engagement more generally:

The Being Human festival website provides information about this national festival of humanities research as well as resources designed to help researchers to devise public engagement activities. These include case studies focusing on successful events at previous festivals, and toolkits which are designed to help with planning public engagement activities. Topics covered by the toolkits include: focusing on your audience; working with a partner; finding the right venue; finding the right format; and working on a budget.

The website of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) features a range of resources relating to public engagement, including case studies of projects, advice on carrying out your own activities, and information about support available for public engagement professionals and researchers.

This UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) vision document produced in 2019 sets out UKRI’s vision for public engagement. Further sources of information relating to public engagement with research are also accessible via UKRI’s website.

If you are based in a higher education institution, you should also enquire there as to what support is available for researchers wishing to undertake public engagement; for example, many institutions employ public engagement professionals who can provide guidance, and some also have funding available specifically for these activities.