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Exhibitions and Performance Art

Scholars based in the department have forged working partnerships with local and national museums, galleries, and theatre companies. Such collaborations range from the enhancement and staging of exhibitions to the creation of new productions and hosting artists in residence. Contributions to cultural life have also involved collaboration with artists and designers, poets and novelists, and literary and cultural festivals.

WMT War, Memory, Trauma, a collaboration between the Centre for the History of Medicine (Dr Sarah York) and the Herbert Art Gallery & Musum, 29 June - 2 September 2012. Find about more about the exhibition and associated activities.


SR Performing the Self: Women's Lives in Historical Context, Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick, 10-12 September 2010. An online exhibition is still available to view.

spa Pulling the Plug?: An Oral History of Spa Practices and Experiences at the Royal Pump Rooms, a collaboration between the Centre for the History of Medicine (Dr Michael Bevan) and Leamington Spa Museum & Art Gallery, 2008.


Perfomance Art

father_and_baby.jpg'Our Fathers' was the central component of Dr Laura King's public engagement project 'Hiding in the Pub to Cutting the Cord? Fatherhood and Childhood in Britain, from the 1950s to the present' (June 2012). As historical consultant, Dr King collaborated with Babakas theatre group in the development of the play which explores both what it means to be a father and the relationships that develop between father and child.


irishgiantInside the Irish Giant: History, Science and Art was conceived and convened by Dr Claudia Stein (Centre for the History of Medicine), as a two day public engagement event combining Cartoon de Salvo’s theatrical production, ‘The Irish Giant’, with expert panel discussions exploring two separate themes from the piece (27-28 May 2011).

12beds Twelve Beds formed part of a larger public engagement project to mark the closure of Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital in 2006. The project was led by Dr Mathew Thomson (Centre for the History of Medicine). A site-specific dance event that was developed and took place in the functioning hospital, TWELVE BEDS explored how dance material founded on the past can inform the future, how the human body stores its own history and how this can manifest itself in dance, and how the silent dancer can represent untold as well as spoken histories.