Provincialism: Literature and the Cultural Politics of Middleness in Nineteenth Century Britain

Lead Research Organisation: Royal Holloway University of London
Department Name: English

Abstract

This project directs fresh attention to a marker of place and of social identity that is always, by definition, out of fashion: provincialism. Provincialism denotes a place, style, and mode of existence that is away from, but still under the dominion of, a powerful metropolis. Over the course of the nineteenth century in England, for historical reasons this study will examine, the term gained a fresh host of depreciative associations. From indicating an accent or style associated with one of the other three nations of the Union or settler cultures, it became increasingly associated with an inward-looking, complacent, mediocre state of Englishness.

The project contrasts these negative associations of provincialism with the simultaneous rise of an enormously popular type of novel: fictions of English provincial life such as Gaskell's Cranford, Anthony Trollope's Barchester novels and George Eliot's Middlemarch. I aim to explore what this enduringly popular genre - provincial fiction - has to offer as a means of thinking about provincialism as a sense of place, a style, and a world-view. Building on important recent scholarship that emphasizes the global networked nature of Victorian provincial fiction, the project contends that the formal aspects of those works construct an idea of off-centre 'middleness'. This aesthetic of middleness in realist provincial fiction, I suggest, invents a homely, fictive grounding for the new social identity of the middle class, still under-represented in nineteenth-century culture and politics at the time.

Reconsidering provincial fiction and its intertwining with the idea of English provincialism is timely for several reasons. First, the genre played an important role in the emergence of the study of English literature as a discipline from the early twentieth century and the project will tell us more about the relation between ideas of Englishness and the critical history of Eng. Lit. at a time of fresh debates about canonicity, diversity, and class. The aesthetic value of provincial fiction, such as work by Eliot, was a flash point in debates between cosmopolitan critics, Bloomsbury modernists, and those inspired by F.R. Leavis. As significant work by post-colonial scholars has suggested, the discipline of English literature was one made at the margins, rather than the metropolitan centre of Imperial Britain. The project will emphasis the imperial dimension of 'Provincialism at Large' and the reception and circulation of provincial fiction outside the metropolis.

Second, the simultaneous rise of provincial fiction and disparagement of provincialism in English cultural criticism during the nineteenth century represents neglected source for historicising present anti-metropolitan affect and critique, which is often accompanied by talk of vanishing or 'squeezed' middles. A strand of project activity is devoted to exploring the meanings of provincialism for writers and readers based across the diverse region of the West Midlands now. These project activities will coincide with the 2019 bicentenary of George Eliot, resident of Nuneaton and Coventry for her first 30 years, but who wrote her fiction in self-imposed exile in London. The PI will work with a Writer in Residence and the Writing West Midlands writer development agency to draw on project materials in a creative-critical dialogue around writing, locality, and non-metropolitan identities now.

Planned Impact

Who might benefit from this research?

1. Practicing writers based across the West Midlands
a) approx. 18 established writers taking short course with Writing West Midlands;
b) children and young people participating in SPARK young writers network (20 groups).
2. Cultural heritage professionals and policy/planning for Coventry, City of Culture 2021.
3. Hospital users and visitors, George Eliot Memorial Hospital.
4. KS3/4 teachers and pupils.
5. Local residents, library users, local historians, Nuneaton area.

How might they benefit?

The project Writer in Residence, PI and Partner, Writing West Midlands writer development agency, will draw on project materials to design a short course exploring writing, place, and the significance of provincial thinking now, provisionally scheduled for 2019. This intensive course for practicing writers, advertised and managed by WWM and led by the PI and WinR at the Birmingham Midlands Institute, seeks to construct deep, sustained pathways to impact, including reflections on professional and practitioner development. Contact will be maintained with attendees across the lifetime of the project via blog postings and responses. The PI and Writer in Residence will conduct follow-up interviews/writing exercises with initial course participants and analyse these as a final project milestone. Building on feedback from short course participants a package will be developed for the 20 SPARK young writers groups co-ordinated by WWM across the Midlands.

A key writer examined in this project is George Eliot, whose bicentenary is in 2019, whose home town, Nuneaton is an area of cultural and economic deprivation, and who lived for some years in Coventry, (City of Culture 2021), which leaves her home there unmarked by a plaque and under threat of demolition. Through a series of collaborative activities with and public talks for the Nuneaton-based George Eliot Fellowship, project research will support the broader agenda of cultural regeneration in the area via: the continuing efforts of the GEF to commemorate Eliot's local heritage, in particular an HLF application to open a visitor centre at Griff House; the ongoing 'Bring George Eliot Home' campaign led by the Coventry Observer. The PI is also a key contributor to an episode focusing on Eliot's England and Nuneaton now in a proposed BBC R4 Eliot season in 2019

Impacts on health and wellbeing will be pursued through the design and voluntary distribution of leaflets containing accessible walking routes, information about Eliot's local heritage, and suitable quotations, to users of Nuneaton's major regional George Eliot Memorial Hospital. The project will collaborate with the George Eliot Fellowship in the design of KS3/4 teaching materials for local schools to direct educational benefit for teachers and secondary pupils. Local talks will enrich and inform library users, local historians, and other residents of the Nuneaton area.

Publications

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Title Anna Lawrence, 'Quarry' (short story) 
Description The project writer in residence, Anna Lawrence, produced a new short story, 'Quarry', in relation to the project research. The short story is published on the project website with a creative critical response from the PI. Extracts from the story were read by Lawrence at the Dash Arts public event 'George Eliot: European Radical' at Warwick Arts Centre on Feb. 5th 2020. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Extracts from the story were read by Lawrence at the Dash Arts public event 'George Eliot: European Radical' at Warwick Arts Centre on Feb. 5th 2020. Lawrence has been invited to speak at the Birmingham Literary Festival 2020 about the project. 
URL https://georgeeliotprovincialism.home.blog/2019/09/19/quarry
 
Title The Unofficial George Eliot Countryside Map 
Description Co-designed and illustrated walking map of edge-lands of Nuneaton. Design and artwork by Paul Smith, research and text by PI Livesey. Co-designed with George Eliot Fellowship to give fresh new ways of communicating Eliot's place in North Warwickshire and the story of its countryside for her 2019 bicentenary. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The map was featured in the 2019 exhibition, 'Scenes of George Eliot Country' at Nuneaton Art Gallery and Museum. Its approach to interpreting 'The George Eliot Country' now influenced curatorial decisions in the overall interpretation strategy for the exhibition. https://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/content/exhibitions/scenes-of-george-eliot-country 
URL https://georgeeliotprovincialism.home.blog/category/walking-the-george-eliot-country
 
Title Uncertain Promises: The Unofficial George Eliot Countryside 
Description An exhibition of 9 new works by painter Paul Smith of the 'George Eliot' country around Nuneaton, Warwickshire, with creative/critical text by Ruth Livesey. Launched at One Paved Court Gallery Richmond, 3-20 Feb 2022. Plus artists' talk (sold out) Feb 12th. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2022 
Impact Tracking impact on contemporary British painters about realism and everyday 'unofficial' countryside. Planned second show at Nuneaton Art Gallery and museum late 2022. 
URL http://www.paulsmithart.co.uk/gallery
 
Description The first year of project research focused on the case of the novelist George Eliot and her place in the English Midlands in her own time and during the 2019 bicentenary commemorations of her birth. PDRA O'Neill has worked with librarians and archivists in Nuneaton and Coventry to bring fresh attention to their significant holdings whilst researching and lead-authoring an article on George Eliot's posthumous fame. PI Livesey has researched, completed and submitted three articles on Eliot and provincialism. In addition to the itemised output for 2019, her forthcoming article in the OA journal 19 on relations between Eliot and Vincent Van Gogh represents an innovative break with established aesthetic categories of realism/avant-garde and provincial Victorianism and a cosmopolitan modernity. A further forthcoming article in the George Eliot Review highlights new acquisitions relating to Eliot identified during a research visit to the Beinecke Library, Yale in the course of the funded research period.
The PI initiated a new network of early career scholars interested in ideas of provincialism in the nineteenth century, convening a strand of the British Association for Victorian Studies Annual Conference, August 2019. A proposal for a selection of these papers, edited and introduced by the PI and published as a 'New Agenda' section in Journal of Victorian Culture has been accepted, with the issue due to be submitted September 2020.

The second year of the project was been reshaped by the pandemic. PDRA and PI nevertheless completed a planned co-authored article on the 2019 George Eliot bicentenary and what it tells us about the factors underlying lasting fame and celebrity for authors. The article drew on innovative digital methods to trace the afterlife of Eliot in textual and visual records and explored why her work is relatively rarely adapted for screen. The article has been accepted and is forthcoming in the journal George Eliot/Henry Lewes Studies. The PI and PDRA co-edited as planned (though delayed) a special issue on provincialism for the Journal of Victorian Culture to which they have each contributed a substantial original article. The collection will be submitted to the journal for peer review in March 2021. PI adapted several planned collaborative impact activities during 2020. The PI delivered a CPD session for teachers online with the Prince's Teaching Institute in June 2020 on Silas Marner, garnering more than 100 attendees. The PI also contributed extensively to Nuneaton Museum's Exploring Eliot initiative 'Reading Silas Marner in Lockdown' in summer 2020. As a result of work completed in 2019-20 the PI has formed new partnerships with Nuneaton Museum, Culture Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre and Dash Arts to develop a series of follow-on projects enhancing knowledge and understanding of Eliot's works in the West Midlands during Coventry's City of Culture year (May 2021-May 2022). This initiative has been awarded Follow on Funding for Engagement and Impact by AHRC.

The third year of the project has been supported by the Follow on Funding and advanced the engagement and impact of the original research. A new immersive theatre experience adapted from Eliot's Middlemarch, has been co-written by the PI and developed through community workshops in Coventry and elsewhere. This will be staged across Coventry City Centre as part of City of Culture in April 2022. Collaboration with Coventry Archives will result in a creative writing workshop around women's stories in the history of the city at the Herbert Museum March 12 2022. A new collaboration with artist Paul Smith has resulted in an exhibition featuring new paintings of the 'George Eliot Country' alongside writing by the PI and artists/writers talks on realism and the landscape of the everyday. Progress to press of some of the single-authored critical outputs from Y1 of the project remains affected by Covid and additional caring responsibilities/home schooling in 2021. Covid catch up funding fell across an extended second period of home schooling and so was less effective in enabling the PI to catch up on research outputs.
Exploitation Route Academic impact: As a result of convening the strand of ECRs around the idea of provincialism, this category is likely to enter the field of analysis in nineteenth-century studies alongside the local/global/regional with more frequency as a significant marker of cultural and geographical inequalities.

Education sector: The KS3 teaching packages developed on Eliot's provincial fiction and Silas Marner are beginning to be part of a wider conversation about CPD growing confidence and skill among teachers in approaching nineteenth-century texts.

Culture/heritage: the PI will continue to support museums, libraries and archives in Warwickshire as they address a new interpretation strategy for their holdings on Eliot. Follow on funding from the AHRC will assist in realising this impact. New partners Dash Arts will be devising a site specific immersive production of Eliot's Middlemarch for Coventry City of Culture 2021 with the PI as research lead. This will be a direct outcome of this project with support from AHRC follow on funding.
Sectors Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL https://georgeeliotprovincialism.home.blog/category/events/
 
Description The findings have been used extensively in the series of co-created productions, events, and exhibitions that are detailed under the AHRC follow on funding for this award entitled 'Finding MIddlemarch in Coventry 2021'.
Sector Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description AHRC Establishing Leadership Conference 2022: Contributor to training for researchers on building and leading effective external collaborations.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL https://www.ukri.org/councils/ahrc/career-and-skills-development/mid-career-and-established-research...
 
Description CPD Event: Teaching Nineteenth Century Literature at KS3 in partnership with The PTI.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Livesey's research on literature and placemaking developed the contextual knowledge of secondary school English teachers at a national level in relation to place and mobility in the nineteenth-century novel. The requirement to teach nineteenth-century literature at GCSE with a strong sense of context has created a clear need for research-led enrichment. Livesey has improved the confidence, knowledge, and skills of KS3 and KS4 English teachers exploring nineteenth-century texts through place-making. Working with the Prince's Teaching Institute, Livesey devised CPD training events on Eliot, community and place ( 20 May 2020, 105 participants). 81% of participants agreed the session would have an impact on their pupils, 72% that their knowledge and skills were improved, with 61% agreeing they now felt more confident exploring nineteenth-century texts. Livesey's co-produced package of 12 lessons and resources for Key Stage 3, 'Silas Marner: Writing Place and Community', is now included in the PTI online teaching resources and has been downloaded 118 times by its registered users (English teachers and subject leads) May-June 2020. RG, Head of English, St Thomas More School, Nuneaton, has adopted and reused the Marner package for Year 7 and WL (formerly Brockington College, Leicester) comments on this 'fantastic scheme of work' equipping students early with the rich knowledge needed for success at KS4 English.
URL https://www.ptieducation.org/events/
 
Description New Approaches to teaching Nineteenth-Century Literature at Key Stage 3: George Eliot, Silas Marner, and the idea of Community in 12 Lessons
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL https://georgeeliotprovincialism.home.blog/category/resources
 
Description UKRI AHRC
Amount £97,821 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/V010786/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2021 
End 05/2022
 
Description Culture Coventry (Coventry Archives, Herbert Museum) for collaboration on Finding Middlemarch in Coventry 
Organisation Herbert Museum and Art Gallery
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Widening public engagement with holdings through creative arts.
Collaborator Contribution Programming workshop within schedule. Hosting workshop. Offering introduction to archives to participants.
Impact Workshop with Coventry Archives 12 March 2022; Further collaboration in relation to community blogging project 'Finding Middlemarch' drawing on collections of Archives and the Hebert (Culture Coventry).
Start Year 2021
 
Description Dash Arts: research and development collaboration for site specific immersive Middlemarch for Coventry 2021 
Organisation Dash Arts Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research lead and development advice for R&D stage 1 of 'Finding Middlemarch': proposed immersive experience reworking the novel in Coventry during City of Culture 2021.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise in theatre, performance, devising public works of art.
Impact Two days of devising workshops with professional actors working on script and realisation of potential Middlemarch production. Multidisciplinary: literary studies, theatre, theatre design.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Partnership with Writing West Midlands: Writing Place: Telling Stories of Home and Landscape with George Eliot (Nov. 2019) 
Organisation Writing West Midlands
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Working with the project writer in residence, the PI co-developed and led a short course for established writers in the the West Midlands reflecting on Eliot's legacies for those writing of home and place in the Midlands now.
Collaborator Contribution Writing West Midlands provided formative feedback on the project drafts, advertised the course as part of their regular programming, registered students and provided the venue.
Impact Ongoing: outputs may be featured in an invited panel at the Birmingham Literary Festival (organised by the Partner) 2020.
Start Year 2019
 
Description 26 March 2020: Public Lecture, 'Fame, Naming and Shaming of George Eliot' at Carlyle's House for National Trust 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk by project PDRA Dr Helen O'Neill on the project research around Eliot's 2019 bicentenary and what we can learn about her fame and the posthumous management of her reputation. What does this tell us about the gendering of celebrity, then, and now?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carlyles-house
 
Description BBCR3 New Thinking Podcast: George Eliot 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Podcast hosted by Shahidha Bari for the George Eliot bicentenary (22 Nov. 2019). Featured PI and PDRA discussing Eliot's ideas of provincial life, writing in the Midlands, and radiant realism with third guest, Prof. Gail Marshall.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07vt0qs
 
Description Community Workshop with Dash Arts: Coventry 4/11/2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This first of three community workshops engaged a diverse group contributors to share and contribute their stories of Coventry to the devising of 'The Great Middlemarch Mystery'. Participatory research workshop combined with engagement and development through drama and theatre practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.dasharts.org.uk/the-great-middlemarch-mystery
 
Description Contribution to Arena Documentary dir. Gillian Wearing: 'Everything is Connected: George Eliot's Life' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Livesey provided extensive support to the production team in the preparation of this landmark Arena documentary, directed by Gillian Wearing, through meetings and subsequent followup conversations with the director and producer informing the content of this innovative new creative work. She was one of three experts on Eliot interviewed for a day at Nuneaton Museum and features on screen in the final film.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000b8nj
 
Description George Eliot: Then and Now with Dash Arts at the London Library 6/10/2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact 35 members of the public, of the London Library and supporters of/donors to the creative arts attended an event hosted by the London Library for Dash Arts (project partner). The evening included a discussion of George Eliot's use of the London Library, a scene from the work in progress on the immersive theatre experience 'The Great Middlemarch Mystery' for Coventry City of Culture in April 2022, and a discussion between Director Josephine Burton and PI Ruth Livesey on their intentions for this production and its alignment with Eliot's artistic vision.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.dasharts.org.uk/the-great-middlemarch-mystery
 
Description Interview with Guardian - 'What George Eliot's Provincial Novels can Teach Today's Divided Britain' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact An interview with Kathryn Hughes (Guardian) reframing commemoration of Eliot's works for the bicentenary towards the contemporary moment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/nov/16/george-eliot-provincial-novels-teach-brexit-britain
 
Description Podcast Interview: Bonnets At Dawn 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Special Guest 'Bonnets at Dawn' popular podcast series on women writers, ep. 23 George Eliot (1,344 listens on Soundcloud). Comments via social media relate to seeing Eliot in fresh way in relation to visual culture due to content.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://soundcloud.com/bonnetsatdawn/s2-episode-23-george-eliot-with-special-guest-professor-ruth-li...
 
Description Public Lecture: Nuneaton Library March 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public talk by PI Livesey and PDRA O'Neill scheduled to coincide with the display of Eliot's manuscript for Middlemarch in Nuneaton as part of bicentenary celebrations. The talk was invited by the chief librarian as a means to help public understanding of the value of the library's George Eliot special collections.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/come-along-and-listen-to-two-experts-discuss-george-eliot-tickets-938...
 
Description Public lecture on George Eliot and Vincent Van Gogh: Radiant Realism and Provincial Life (at three locations). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An emphasis on seeing place anew through nineteenth century art and literature has been the focus of Livesey's public lectures during the bicentenary month, on Van Gogh's debt to Eliot as a radiant realist depicting provincial life (2020). These include the GEF Annual Lecture, Nuneaton (16 Nov. 2019: full capacity: att. 45); Nuneaton Museum (29 Nov. 2019: att. 57 accompanying exhibition launch below); U3A Cambridge (4 Dec. 2019 att. 112). Attendees commented 'I think this will affect me deeply, the way I read, the way I see'; 'this reinforces my mindfulness practice - Affirmation of the here and now and being and living in the community of the G[eroge] E[liot] landscape'; 'it turned out to be so relevant to my own life, especially "I have seen behind the word failure" [q. from Eliot's Felix Holt used in lecture]'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Reimagining Middlemarch for Coventry City of Culture: A Conversation between Dawinder Bansal and Ruth Livesey Warwick Arts Centre 1/10/2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public conversation with artist Dawinder Bansal, commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre to produce a community led art work in relation to Middlemarch for Coventry City of Culture to be shown at Warwick Arts Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/reimagining-middlemarch-dawinder-bansal-and-ruth-livese...
 
Description School Workshop: 'Writing with George Eliot' Astley Castle Heritage Open Weekend 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact With the learning and engagement officer, Landmark Trust, the PI research shaped a Heritage Open Weekend workshop attended by 50 children and staff from year 6 at Croft Juniors, Nuneaton: 'Writing Place and Home with George Eliot'. A further 10 pupils completed the follow up short story writing submission. Croft Juniors is in a postcode on the 4th decile of deprivation and 3rd for education in the national Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015; 1/3 of pupils qualify for Pupil Premium funding (i.e. parents on income support or income below £16,500). The event enhanced the understanding of pupils and teachers about the significance of their own home town: 'it's made me realise how interesting Nuneaton is!'. Teachers commented 'getting the children to write about what they know' in the local area was transformative and not always supported by the curriculum. Several intended to make a change in their own pedagogy as a result. The research-led resources from the project workshop have been requested for inclusion in the 'Young Explorer' packs provided by LT at Astley, a property managed by Eliot's father and which features in her first published fiction. Dissemination via social media resulted in 4,253 twitter impressions; 112 engagements with the resources.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://georgeeliotprovincialism.home.blog/2019/07/01/writing-with-george-eliot-at-astley-castle-wor...
 
Description Start the Week R4 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Earlier promotion of the project via AHRC/BBC Arts and Ideas podcast led to approach from Start the Week producer to contract English provincialism with American short story realism of Richard Ford in relation to his latest collection. Average audience for STW = 3 million. Social media commentary noted valuable attention to provincial publishers and presses; insights of decentring from London; realism and everyday as art.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000j780
 
Description Your Stories Matter: Women's Stories in Coventry Archives 12 March 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A day workshop using creative writing exercises to illuminate stories of women's lives in Coventry Archives and to encourage women to record their own stories to donate to, and diversify, the future of Coventry Archives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1645/your_stories_matter_womens_stories_in_coventry_archives