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What's Warwick doing?

We are connecting people and places through our work to enhance and accentuate the cultural importance of our city and its residents. We want to stimulate and promote research excellence that makes a positive impact in Coventry.

Coventry Lives

Professor Mark Knights, Department of History

Stretching from medieval times to the present day, biographies will be generated by a team of researchers who will utilise crowd-sourced information and present the biographies on a digital map and timeline which will allow communities to curate their own histories.

Virtual Medieval Spon Street

Professor Alan Chalmers, WMG

Alan and his team are creating full multi-sensory virtual environments with the Herbert Gallery. This exciting project will allow the public to experience the sights, the sounds and even the smells of the dyeing, weaving and tanning industries.

To Walk with Water

Dr Joanne Garde Hansen, Centre Director Cultural and Medial Policy Studies

This project aims to engage young people in new content creation and storytelling relating to the cultural value of a river in Spon End.

Identity and Resettlement Among Young Refugees in Coventry

Dr Michael Wyness and Mon Partovi, Centre for Education Studies

This research project will provide a case study of a Coventry school’s involvement in the process of resettlement by working with refugee and migrant children from the Middle East and North Africa. Researchers will utilise data to support the resettlement work that schools (more generally) undertake with children in the city. This work forms part of ongoing research with refugee children through the Positive Youth Foundation (PYF), an agency supporting children and young people in Coventry.

Ghost Town: Civic Television and the Haunting of Coventry

Dr Helen Wheatley, Film and Television Studies

Ghost town examines the cultural value of the television archive, as well as what Coventry means to its inhabitants and visitors

The City in the Box and the Box in the City:The Role of Television Archive in Cities of Culture

This research is closely related the Ghost Town project, and considers the relationship between the television archive and Cities of Culture more broadly.

The Visual Heritage of Industrial Coventry

Working with Photo Archive Miners and the Coventry public, this project will scope visual and audio-visual material for future industrial exhibitions in Coventry and Italy.

Story Garden in Canley

Dr Rachel Turner-King, Centre for Education Studies

Inspired by the philosophy and practice of Forest Schools, the Story Garden encourages people to reconnect and reimagine their relationship with often ignored and sometimes neglected outdoor environments. The team aims to bring local community gardening interest and expertise together with performing arts and creative learning.

Screening Rights Film Festival

Dr Michelle Aaron, Film & Television Studies

Screening Rights Film Festival is an international festival of social justice film that aims to instigate debate on the potential of film to trigger personal, social and political change. Michele is the festival's Director, and is working to make 2021 its largest and most successful year yet. The Festival will be primarily hosted at Warwick Arts Centre and will involve a range of other venues across Coventry.


Professor Kevin Moffat, Life Sciences

Transmission will show and share insights into infection, both viral and bacterial. An innovative mix of lectures, practical demonstrations and dance, this project will equip audiences with a better understanding of the role of science in researching and combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Intelligent Infrastructure Project

Dr Noortje Marres, Centre Director Interdisciplinary Methodologies

CIM (The Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies) is working with WGM and other Coventry-based partners to develop a social intelligence test for connected and autonomous vehicles.

The research project engages with the Midlands Future Mobility Initiative through interdisciplinary social research. We use creative methods, like prototyping, to understand how intelligent mobility environments are and can be designed to serve community objectives.