Continuing Bonds: Creative Dissemination

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bradford
Department Name: Sch of Life Sciences

Abstract

We do not speak of the dead often enough: we lack the language, the opportunity, the encouragement, and someone to listen. Even amongst professional end-of-life care givers, this can create problems and frustrations. Yet the past provides us with rich stories of how people throughout time have mourned, remembered and grieved; exposure to these examples encourages conversations around these topics, enabling a 'safe' way in to discuss difficult topics of mortality and loss. These were some of the key findings from the AHRC-funded 'Continuing Bonds: Exploring the meaning and legacy of death through past and contemporary practice' (CB) project, which has investigated the value and contribution of archaeology to end-of-life care.

This follow-on project brings the stories, narratives, themes and experiences espoused in the CB findings, as well as inspiring archaeological/ethnographic materials, to wider audiences.
Involving creative writers and the general public, four activities are proposed:
1. A series of creative writing workshops
2. Collation and dissemination of an anthology
3. Celebration reading events
4. Development of a free resource pack

Stories told in the original Continuing Bonds study, as well as archaeological/ethnographic materials, will be used to inspire participants' creative writing, as well as normalise facets of death, dying and bereavement (DDB). These materials will focus on a range of stories, narratives, themes (such as memorialisation and legacy, ethics, and treatment of the dead), experiences and objects. The workshops will provide a safe space for individuals to talk about DDB, to engage with others' stories and experiences about these and to engage with case studies about DDB from the past. Participants will be asked to produce pieces of creative writing, such as short stories, flash fiction (short fictional work which still offers character and plot development) and poetry. By engaging individuals in these topics through the medium of writing, it is likely that a wider understanding of DDB will emerge, with DDB thoughts, behaviours and practices being validated and normalised. These impacts will continue through the anthology and the celebration reading events.

The anthology will include approximately 45 pieces. These will have been developed through the creative writing workshops. This will be free to access and hosted online. Free print copies will also be made available for contributors, their friends/family and other interested parties.

The celebration events will welcome all who have attended the workshops, submitted to the anthology, and the general public. The aim is for participants to showcase their pieces. This will provide a valuable reflective opportunity for those involved and enables members of different writing communities to join together. It is hoped that this will form the basis of ongoing informal networks among participants.

The resource pack will enable workshop materials to be used by others, free of charge, enabling further impact beyond the life of the project.

The project will run for 9 months, which allows for the adequate preparation of materials, recruitment, facilitation of workshops, feedback to contributors, advertising for and holding the celebration events, correlation of resource pack and evaluation. We anticipate that participants will be attracted by the unique inspiration provided by the archaeological materials and related participant accounts, as well as the opportunity to network with other writers and to showcase and receive feedback on their work.

Overall, the Creative Dissemination proposal takes the success of the original CBs project and extends this to new audiences, using the medium of creative writing.

Planned Impact

Impact is expected through the activities (creative writing workshops and celebration events), and outputs (anthology and workshop resource), as well as the preparation of conference papers for practice-based and public audiences.

The workshops will encourage participants to make connections with each other, with individuals benefiting from focused time to write, access to unique and original inspiration material, peer feedback from others in the group and the opportunity to publish and share their work. They may find their writing skills as well as their confidence in sharing their writing improves. Writing for a deadline can help motivate individuals and encourage them to dedicate 'protected time' to creating. Further, individuals will gain new learning and knowledge about DDB, including thinking and behaviours which tend not to be discussed in society, but which are natural and normal.

The anthology (including around 45 pieces) will have a print run of 500 copies, distributed free of charge to participants and their families. Copies will also be disseminated to key libraries in the cities and local bereavement support institutions (such as Bradford Bereavement Support; CRUSE Bereavement Care), University libraries, and other interested venues. The anthology will also be available free of charge online, via the University of Bradford and Continuing Bonds Project websites. We will invite comment from key voices around the topic, encouraging blogs on the anthology from influential individuals and blog sites, as well as other AHRC funded projects (e.g. Grave Goods and Remember Me), and from important bodies such as the Centre for Death Studies. Writers and poets will have a free space to showcase their work.

The celebration events will be open to all who have attended the workshops, their family and friends, interested parties and to the general public. The aim is for individuals to showcase their anthology submissions. This will provide a valuable reflective opportunity for those involved and enables members of different writing communities to join together. It is hoped that this will form the basis of ongoing informal networks among participants and with CoI JD who intends to continue working in the field of creative writing. Furthermore, the nature of the material (based on death, dying and bereavement) will promote conversations between contributors and their families and friends attending the event about these topics.

A downloadable resource pack of workshop materials and accompanying guide to delivery will be made available, free of charge, hosted by the University of Bradford. This will enable the Follow-on project to have greater impact beyond the immediate workshop participants and their families, friends and peers.

In the work we have undertaken so far, and the outcomes of that work, it has become apparent that the disciplines of psychology, particularly counselling psychology, and creative writing share many commonalities and can usefully inform each other. The Creative Dissemination project will reveal further commonalities between the two, particularly understanding of how research methods and findings can inform the content and processes of writing. This may lead to further interdisciplinary work and research.

Finally, a conference paper for a practice-based audience (our research to date suggests that Psychology would be the most appropriate field) will be produced, which outlines how the Creative Dissemination project came about, how it was implemented, gives examples of the writing work created, and showcases what the consequences and impacts of the project have been. This paper would allow practitioners to take our learning back into their own work in a tangible way. This will be accompanied by a presentation at the Bradford Literature Festival to a community audience and literary fields.

Publications

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Title Continuing Bonds Hand Print Artwork 
Description Hand print artwork created through the Continuing Bonds Workshops with/by workshop participants. Participants drew around their hands and wrote messages/thoughts in the hand outlines. Handprints have been a theme throughout the Continuing Bonds research as they are both deeply personal yet anonymous, as are the participant experiences that have contributed to the original research. The style of the art work was done in a way that evokes the image of archaeological cave art. This also linked our experiences of today with archaeological material. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The artwork allowed for commentary on the use of archaeology by project participants. 
 
Description Through the work of this award, an overwhelming percentage of workshop participants have reported a positive impact on their attitudes towards death, dying, bereavement and grief- with around 90% reporting inspiration from archaeological material as a means to write creatively about their own personal struggle with the selected themes. The workshop attendees were mainly non specialist members of the public, with key findings suggesting positive impact when examining the safeness of the environment (90% reported), the extent of new knowledge learned (over 90%) and the aspects that encouraged creative writing (over 90%).
Exploitation Route The outcomes have suggested that amalgamation of different fields (i.e. archaeology, psychology, and creative writing) has a positive impact on discussing the themes of death, dying, bereavement and grief. Others might decide to take an interdisciplinary approach when holding workshops or other such events for attendees who may want to creatively write and talk about personal experiences with grief. The approach we used allowed participants to think differently about the themes of death, dying, bereavement and grief. Academically, archaeologists can view our research and look to how their discipline can contribute to understanding in current modern day trends - as seen through the outputs of these workshops.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Healthcare,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.continuingbonds.live
 
Description As part of the Continuing Bonds: Creative Dissemination Project, a series of workshops were held at Bradford, Manchester and Sheffield. The workshops comprised of three sessions with the themes of 'Inspiration' and 'deepening connections' comprising of the first and second workshops before a final workshop focusing on finalizing creative writing pieces. The members of the workshop were mainly non-specialist members of the public, hoping to use creative writing and archaeological interaction as a means to further understand death, dying, bereavement and grief. Many had little or no experience of either the topic, or of creative writing, prior to the events. Feedback forms were distributed in questionnaire formats to gather evaluation data. Of the feedback forms completed (c. 53) 92% of participants stated obtaining new knowledge about death, dying, bereavement and grief through the workshop's archaeological approach, 94% reported feeling the workshop was a safe environment to discuss death related topics and 97% found creative writing helped further understand feeling of grief and bereavement. 90% felt that archaeological object handling helped in learning more about death in other cultures and in past populations- thus inspiring writing material. 91% of attendees found that archaeology was a useful way of initiating discussion on the themes of the workshop, with most commenting that modern day statement, archaeological material and information about past cultures helped in normalizing their own personal experiences with death, dying and bereavement. Comments stated the workshop was 'academically rich', 'well-paced', 'inspirational' and 'positively challenging', with numerous attendees expressing thanks for putting on the workshop sessions. A project output was the anthology entitled 'The Living and the Dead: Creative Conversations between Past and Present' which was edited by the project team, and included poetry and prose from 42 project participants, most of whom had not published previously. The anthology was launched at a celebration event, help the three cities as to widely include all participating members. Participants read their pieces aloud if they wished. The anthology and workshop sessions helped attendees normalize talking about death, particularly whilst discussing their own personal experiences concerning death and bereavement. An open discussion about death through archaeology encourages a non-stigmatized approach when discussing modern day equivalents. The celebration events also prompted positive feedback: 85% of contributing writers and poets felt that their engagement with the project allowed them to speak more freely about death dying and the bereavement; 64% of contributors also felt that the project allowed for normalization of death, dying, bereavement and grief in their everyday lives. Comments include positive remarks on the inclusive nature of the project, the creativity and empathy generated as well as further interest in any future workshops. Mayors of all the participating cities were invited to the events and were sent a copy of the written anthology - they responded favourably, commenting on how the project strengthened the bonds between cities and universities. The creative aspect of the workshops went on to inspire more workshops to use archaeological material as a means to prompt creative writing from participants, aided by the teaching resources which are freely available from the project website. Dr Isabel Black of the University of Manchester will run her own workshop later on this year inspired by the project- 'Making Magic Objects: Experimental Archaeology Meets Creative Writing' (March 2020). This inspiration one again draws on the power of connecting people to the past as a means to discuss their own experiences in the present. One of the poems created from the Continuing Bonds Workshops/anthology was also selected to facilitate a training session for bereavement volunteers (significantly, this was his first piece of written poetry), once again showing how the workshops impacted and assisted those in the realms of bereavement, grief, death and dying. Another participant in the workshops went on to win a prize in a flash fiction competition, she submitted a piece of work inspired by the workshops entitled 'An Excerpt from the Dictionary of Antiquity'. A further participant gained the confidence to contribute and present a reading at the funeral of a friend. The continuing bonds website also received over 800 visitors in 2019, with over 1,600 views. Public interest has been generated quite significantly from the workshop events.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Healthcare,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Grave Goods project 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration with the AHRC Grave Goods project - two joint conference papers delivered. Planning for future research.
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration with the AHRC Grave Goods project - two joint conference papers delivered. Planning for future research.
Impact Conference papers at: Death, Dying and Bereavement in the 21st Century Conference; Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference; Contribution from existing project at the Grave Goods conference 'Objects and the Dead', British Museum 2019.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Grave Goods project 
Organisation University of Reading
Department Institute for Environmental Analytics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration with the AHRC Grave Goods project - two joint conference papers delivered. Planning for future research.
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration with the AHRC Grave Goods project - two joint conference papers delivered. Planning for future research.
Impact Conference papers at: Death, Dying and Bereavement in the 21st Century Conference; Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference; Contribution from existing project at the Grave Goods conference 'Objects and the Dead', British Museum 2019.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Bradford Fringe Festival Death Cafe 
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 In September 2019 as part of the Bradford Fringe Festival a series of 3 Death Cafe sessions were held at local venues (Speakers Corner Bradford, and a local cafe, Bread + Roses, Bradford). The theme of the death cafes was humour, encouraging attendees to talk about the role of comedy and humour in helping through times of grief. The session was met with positive feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://allevents.in/bradford/death-cafe/200017653949840?ref=past-event-page
 
Description Conference Workshop entitled 'Using Archaeology to Develop Empathy Around Death, Dying, Bereavement and Grief' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Karina Croucher and Dr Jennie Dayes ran a workshop at the British Psychological Society: Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference 2019 in Cardiff.The workshop was held as part of the conferences schedule and was entitled 'Using Archaeology to Develop Empathy Around Death, Dying, Bereavement and Grief'. Attendees engaged with 4-5 archaeological/ethnographic case studies designed to provoke thinking about diverse aspects of death, dying, bereavement and grief. Individuals experienced a distinctive multi-disciplinary approach and took away both personal and professional growth.The workshop was met with great enthusiasm.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bps.org.uk/events/division-counselling-psychology-annual-conference-2019/programme
 
Description Continuing Bonds: Creative Dissemination Celebration Event (Bradford) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop participants, their friend, families, and members of the public took part in a celebration event where the project anthology, entitled 'The Living and the Dead: Creative Conversations Between Past and Present' was launched. Participants were invited to read their contributions aloud if they desired. The event was held at the University of Bradford and encouraged an active conversation about themes relating to death, dying and bereavement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://continuingbonds.live/creative-dissemination/
 
Description Continuing Bonds: Creative Dissemination Celebration Event (Manchester) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop participants, their friend, families, and members of the public took part in a celebration event where the project anthology, entitled 'The Living and the Dead: Creative Conversations Between Past and Present' was launched. Participants were invited to read their contributions aloud if they desired. The event was held at the Anthony Burgess Centre, Manchester, and encouraged an active conversation about themes relating to death, dying and bereavement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://continuingbonds.live/creative-dissemination/
 
Description Continuing Bonds: Creative Dissemination Celebration Event (Sheffield) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop participants, their friend, families, and members of the public took part in a celebration event where the project anthology, entitled 'The Living and the Dead: Creative Conversations Between Past and Present' was launched. Participants were invited to read their contributions aloud if they desired. The event was held at Sheffield City Library and encouraged an active conversation about themes relating to death, dying and bereavement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://continuingbonds.live/creative-dissemination/
 
Description Continuing Bonds: Creative Writing Workshop 1 (Bradford) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact This was the one of three workshops held at the University of Bradford, the themes of the workshop related to death, dying, bereavement and grief. Participants were provided with a space to create pieces (i.e. poetry, short stories etc.) relating to the specific themes.

Archaeological material relating to death was available to view and handle, along with personal reflections from the original Continuing Bonds project; the workshop resources were designed to inspire, and demonstrated the variety of reactions to death and bereavement.

'Inspiration' was the theme for Workshop 1, with participants getting a feel for the archaeological material and how best to start in the creative writing process. The workshop was open to all adults, regardless of writing experience and knowledge of archaeology, with the aim of contributing a piece to the final project anthology entitled 'The Living and the Dead: Creative Conversations Between Past and Present'.

Although not a therapy alternative, the participants were able to speak about their personal experiences if desired. Participants gave overwhelmingly positive feedback and reflected that archaeological material regarding death in the past allowed for further discussion of grief today, normalising talk about death and bereavement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://continuingbonds.live/teaching-materials/
 
Description Continuing Bonds: Creative Writing Workshop 1 (Manchester) 
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 was the one of three workshops held at the Kro Bar, Manchester. The themes of the workshop related to death, dying, bereavement and grief. Participants were provided with a space to create pieces (i.e. poetry, short stories etc.) relating to the specific themes.

Archaeological material relating to death was available to view and handle, along with personal reflections from the original Continuing Bonds project; the workshop resources were designed to inspire, and demonstrated the variety of reactions to death and bereavement.

'Inspiration' was the theme for Workshop 1, with participants getting a feel for the archaeological material and how best to start in the creative writing process. The workshop was open to all adults, regardless of writing experience and knowledge of archaeology, with the aim of contributing a piece to the final project anthology entitled 'The Living and the Dead: Creative Conversations Between Past and Present'.

Although not a therapy alternative, the participants were able to speak about their personal experiences if desired. Participants gave overwhelmingly positive feedback and reflected that archaeological material regarding death in the past allowed for further discussion of grief today, normalising talk about death and bereavement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://continuingbonds.live/teaching-materials/
 
Description Continuing Bonds: Creative Writing Workshop 1 (Sheffield) 
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 was the one of three workshops held at Sheffield College. The themes of the workshop related to death, dying, bereavement and grief. Participants were provided with a space to create pieces (i.e. poetry, short stories etc.) relating to the specific themes.

Archaeological material relating to death was available to view and handle, along with personal reflections from the original Continuing Bonds project; the workshop resources were designed to inspire, and demonstrated the variety of reactions to death and bereavement.

'Inspiration' was the theme for Workshop 1, with participants getting a feel for the archaeological material and how best to start in the creative writing process. The workshop was open to all adults, regardless of writing experience and knowledge of archaeology, with the aim of contributing a piece to the final project anthology entitled 'The Living and the Dead: Creative Conversations Between Past and Present'.

Although not a therapy alternative, the participants were able to speak about their personal experiences if desired. Participants gave overwhelmingly positive feedback and reflected that archaeological material regarding death in the past allowed for further discussion of grief today, normalising talk about death and bereavement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://continuingbonds.live/teaching-materials/
 
Description Continuing Bonds: Creative Writing Workshop 2 (Bradford) 
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 The second of three creative writing workshops at the the University of Bradford was held in the Horton Building on campus. With the first workshop theme being 'Inspiration', the theme of the second session was 'deepening connection'. Participants were asked to further engage with the provided archaeological material related to the themes of death, dying and bereavement, with the hope of developing their creative writing pieces further. As with the first workshop, participants were able to discuss difficult personal subjects surrounding death if they desired. The space at these workshops was confidential and safe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://continuingbonds.live/teaching-materials/
 
Description Continuing Bonds: Creative Writing Workshop 2 (Manchester) 
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 The second of the creative writing workshops held at Manchester was also held at Kro Bar. The theme of the second workshop was 'deepening connection'. Participants worked on developing their written pieces (for anthology) by further engaging with archaeological material, and by also openly discussing personal experiences relating to death, dying and bereavement if they so wished. Although not a therapy alternative, the workshop provided a safe space if anyone wished to talk about their experiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://continuingbonds.live/teaching-materials/
 
Description Continuing Bonds: Creative Writing Workshop 2 (Sheffield) 
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 The second of the creative writing workshops continued to allow participants to work of their creative writing pieces. The theme of this session was 'deepening connection', and the archaeological material on hand allowed for participants to pull further inspiration for their written pieces. Participants developed their written work further and could openly discuss themes relating to death if they so wished.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://continuingbonds.live/teaching-materials/
 
Description Continuing Bonds: Creative Writing Workshop 3 (Bradford) 
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 The final of three workshops was held at the University of Bradford. The purpose of the final session was that participants could finalize their pieces of creative writing for the anthology (The Living and the Dead: Creative Conversations Between Past and Present'. Participants enjoyed all three sessions and understood the importance of archaeological material as a means to comment on death in society today.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://continuingbonds.live/teaching-materials/
 
Description Continuing Bonds: Creative Writing Workshop 3 (Manchester) 
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 The final workshop of the three held at Manchester Kho Bar focused on participants finalizing their written pieces for the collective anthology entitled 'The Living and the Dead: Creative Conversations Between Past and Present'. Participants discussed the themes of death, dying, bereavement and grief in their work. The writers enjoyed all three sessions and were impacted by the use of archaeological material as a means to comment on death today.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://continuingbonds.live/teaching-materials/
 
Description Continuing Bonds: Creative Writing Workshop 3 (Sheffield) 
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 The final of the three creative writing workshops allowed for participants to finalize and edit their written pieces for the anthology. Writers enjoyed the series of sessions and felt achievement upon completion of their projects, as well learning the importance of death in the past as a way to comment of the present.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://continuingbonds.live/teaching-materials/
 
Description Death Cafe (University of Bradford) 
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 Death cafe was held at The University of Bradford as a means to allow for meaningful conversations about death and dying. It was a group discussion with no particular agenda, this allowed for an open, non limiting discussion in death related topic. Participants enjoyed the experience and increased their awareness regarding other peoples opinions/ experiences with the topic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://deathcafe.com
 
Description Death Cafe as part of Dying Matters week (May 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact As part of Dying Matters week a death cafe was held to encourage non morbid discussions about death and dying. Participants in the cafe reported positive feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Discussant - Grave Goods Conference, British Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Karina Croucher was the invited discussant at the Grave Goods Conference, Objects and the Dead, held at the British Museum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/grave-goods/
 
Description LOROS Nourishing the Spirit Conference Workshop 'Diversity in spirit worlds: using archaeology to reflect and explore meaning and values' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In November 2019 Dr Karina Croucher held a workshop entitled 'Diversity in spirit worlds: using archaeology to reflect and explore meaning and values'. The workshop was part of the LOROS Nourishing the Spirit Conference in Leicester. The conference was suitable for anyone interested in spiritual wellbeing and end of life care and bereavement, this workshop brought a unique archaeological perspective to participants. The workshop was met with positive feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://allevents.in/leicester/nourishing-the-spirit-a-conference-on-spiritual-wellbeing/20001808577...
 
Description Paper entitled 'Using funerary archaeology to support wellbeing and build resilience: Continuing Bonds; Dying to Talk and BReaTHe (Building Resilience Through Heritage)' delivered in the Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference Session (Dec 2019), Heritage and Wellbeing session 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this session, projects were discussed that seek to use archaeology and heritage to promote wellbeing. The audience were educated on the use of archaeology as a prompt to talking about death and bereavement, topics which can been difficult to broach and are subject to many societal 'taboos'. It is widely recognised (by the NHS and World Health Organisation, among others) that normalising talk about dying can aid those at the end of life and their families, encouraging discussions about intentions and advance planning. Funerary archaeology can be a safe way in to discussing death, intrigued by practices which are different from own, conversations are sparked which quickly lead to sharing of experiences, fears and wishes. The talk helped helped encourage normalisation of talking about the dead through engaging with archaeological material.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/news-events/conferences/tag-2019/tagucl-ioa-conference-timetable?g...
 
Description Presentation entitled 'Exploring women's experiences of death, dying, bereavement and grief through archaeology and creative writing', New Configurations of Contemporary Womens Writing, University of Hull 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of the CFP: New Configurations of Contemporary Women's Writing (9 September 2019) Conference at the University of Hull, Dr Karina Croucher, Dr Jennifer Dayes and Dr Melanie Giles prepared a presentation as part of the Continuing Bonds Project (presented by Dr Jennifer Dayes). The presentation showcased two pieces of creative writing written by women in the Continuing Bonds: Creative Dissemination workshops. Audiences were asked to consider what these pieces tell us about the current landscape of death, dying, bereavement and grief and the experiences of women within this.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://blogs.bbk.ac.uk/artsresearch/2019/04/01/cfp-new-configurations-of-contemporary-womens-writing...
 
Description Radio Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with Bradford Community Broadcasting (BCB) on the Continuing Bonds Project (Dr Karina Croucher). The interview was broadcast to the general public with the intention of encouraging a discussion on death and archaeology. Audiences reported positive feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://bcbradio.co.uk
 
Description Radio Interview with Dr Karina Croucher and Dr Jennie Dayes. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The interview was broadcast on Radio Royal- a voluntary hospital broadcasting service serving the Bradford Royal Infirmary. Dr Karina Croucher and Dr Jennie Dayes were interviewed on The Truelove Show about the Continuing Bonds Project. The intention of the interview was to put out information about the project to the general public with the aim of encouraging thoughts and discussions about death and archaeology. Audiences reacted positively to the interview. Comments from listeners included "The poems & music really informed the discussion.","It was lovely to hear two speakers passionate about their subject.","I'd never heard about this project, it was fascinating.","Who'd have thought that archaeology would have so much to say about death & dying." and "It raised a lot of questions, & left me wanting to know more." These comments highlight the impact the project had on the general public, who showed a real interest in how archaeology can contribute to discussion about death today.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.mixcloud.com/radioroyalbradford/the-truelove-show-the-continuing-bonds-project-dr-karina...