The Ordered Universe: Interdisciplinary Readings of Medieval Science

Lead Research Organisation: Durham University
Department Name: History

Abstract

The Ordered Universe Research Project proposes a fresh, interdisciplinary examination of the 13 scientific treatises on natural phenomena by Robert Grosseteste (c.1170-1253). A noted reformer as bishop of Lincoln, political advisor, poet, theologian, philosopher, translator, and 'scientist', Grosseteste's thought marks a major turning point in western medieval intellectual history. He was able to fuse, in a remarkable way, ancient understanding of the natural world, principally that of Aristotle, with Christian learning and biblical revelation. Grosseteste's scientific works are central to this enterprise. They are his first encounter not only with Aristotle's natural philosophy, but also earlier commentaries on Aristotle from Islamic and Hebrew writers, all newly translated into Latin. In the scientific treatises Grosseteste developed his critical response to these authorities, deploying, in particular, original mathematical arguments and the evidence of his own observations of natural phenomena.
There are, however, two significant impediments to a detailed assessment of Grosseteste's scientific thought. The first is the inadequacy of the current critical edition (1912). Its editor, Ludwig Baur, knew fewer than a third of the manuscripts now catalogued (research into the manuscript tradition of the treatise On the Rainbow identified substantial additions to the text, unknown to Baur). Moreover, Baur used later manuscripts, which preserve accumulated scribal errors, many of which are sufficient to obscure Grosseteste's meaning. The second impediment to a deeper understanding of Grosseteste's scientific works is the sophistication of his conceptual mathematical frameworks. Their elucidation, crucial for both the translation and the interpretation of his works, requires more than textual analysis alone. The complex nature of his scientific texts, their taut linguistic expression, and their computational virtuosity present intellectual challenges which can only be addressed with an interdisciplinary approach.
The Ordered Universe project will do precisely this, with experts from both sciences and humanities. The core research team consists of medieval historians, linguists, palaeographers, theologians and philosophers, together with physicists, cosmologists, vision scientists, mathematicians, engineers, computer scientists and meteorologists. Through a series of collaborative research symposia, classic humanities research on the establishment of the text, its translation and interpretation, is enriched by scientific perspectives and analysis. These processes of collective translation and textual elucidation lead to genuinely interdisciplinary outputs. Grosseteste is not interpreted here with any anachronism, especially scientific; rather, the interpretative tools of humanities and scientific disciplines are used together to bring the text to life in all of its dimensions.
The proposed project builds on a pilot study and an AHRC network grant. Working collaboratively with historic texts has also generated new science, published in leading scientific journals. Co-authored with humanities scholars, these papers drew the attention of the wider scientific community and were featured in two commentaries in Nature. Similar outputs are planned here, along with three stand-alone, humanities-led, articles on the significance of Grosseteste's scientific works. The wide range of academic beneficiaries is mirrored by the potential for public dialogue and impact. The Ordered Universe will collaborate with an award-winning widening participation scheme for university entrance, to create a module on Grosseteste's scientific world with material drawn from project research. A series of 16 public workshops in the UK, Europe and North America, with video record and an active website, will emphasise the cultural heritage of medieval science and its contemporary resonance, through presentation of one of the most dazzling minds of his generation.

Planned Impact

Two principal pathways to impact have been identified:
1) Enriching Access Routes to University: 'Access Medieval Science in Culture'
The first pathway to impact is a partnership with the award-winning 'Pem-Brooke London' and 'Pembroke North' widening participation scheme. The partnership encapsulates the imaginative approach required by initiatives for new access routes to university: arresting, challenging, conceptual and visual, and drawing on the humanities and science collaboration underpinning the Ordered Universe project. The scheme is led by its founder Dr Peter Claus, Access Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford, and operates through an established network of school 'hubs'. Five of these will run an access module developed by the partnership for Year 11 and 12 pupils, using research generated by the project. This approach maximises outcomes for impact resources. The module will emphasise Grosseteste's science in the context of cross-cultural learning: a medieval Latin scholar inspired by Ancient Greek, Islamic and Jewish thinkers, whose thinking on natural phenomena inspires modern scientists in dialogue with humanities scholars. The impact of 'Access Medieval Science in Culture' is, in the first place, on those who become university applicants from low-application-rate schools and who do so as a result of their experience of research-led teaching. It will also involve teachers and other members of the hub school communities charged with supporting wider university access and raising aspirations.

2) Public Heritage: 'Thinking Medieval' Public Lecture and Forum Series with Media Strategy
The second proposed pathway focuses on public engagement with heritage, culture and science. The project investigators and research team will develop a programme of events open to the public and the mechanisms to monitor attendance and responses (both at events and subsequently). Thirteen public lectures are planned, at venues including Durham, Montreal, Rome (delivered in Italian), Lincoln and Oxford. These will include informal question-and-answer sessions with accompanying video and poster material as well as demonstrations of experiments discussed. Five public forums are planned, including partnerships with three cathedrals (Lincoln, Hereford and Durham), the Science Museum (London), and with the University of York's Department of Interactive Media. The forums will incorporate lecture-style presentations, followed by collaborative readings of Grosseteste's texts with participants. They will also feature new media associated with the project, principally in the form of a 3-D visualisation of the treatise 'On Light'; audience reaction will be encouraged. Impact will be measured through surveys before and after the lectures and forums, and in short video interviews. These surveys will also monitor the impact of the project on the wider understanding of mutual connections between humanities and sciences. Similar data-analysis from the Ordered Universe contribution to the 2014 Festival of Humanities revealed a wide range of experience and background amongst the 60 public participants. Of those with first degrees half were humanities-based, half science. The project will continue to develop its contacts in print, radio and television media, to promote and reflect on the lectures and forums, and on the results of the research as they emerge. Lectures and forum 'vox pops' will be captured for display on the project's website and YouTube: www.ordered-universe.com. 'Thinking Medieval' will enrich understanding of the cultural heritage of medieval science and of the intellectual legacy of the medieval period amongst public participants.

Publications

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Title Alex Carr - Drawing 
Description Sculptor Alex Carr produced a sequence of pen and ink drawing based on the fusion of medieval and modern science . 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The artwork is for sale, some sales have already been made. Impact on the research group, discussion artistic and academic methods was very valuable in terms of research and collaborative working methodologies. 
URL http://www.alexandracarr.co.uk/new-products/
 
Title Artwork - Age of Light - Carr 
Description A series of paintings with light made by Carr and the Ordered Universe team as part of Sculpting with Light. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Images are for sale commercially; closer engagement between Carr and the Ordered Universe team. 
URL http://www.alexandracarr.co.uk/age-of-light-1
 
Title Artwork - Lux Mundi - Alex Carr 
Description A temporary installation at the Bowes Museum, County Durham, by Carr, drawing on Ordered Universe research 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Further commissions, and change in artistic direction from the Artist. 
URL http://www.alexandracarr.co.uk/lux-mundi-1
 
Title Artwork - Lux Obscura - Carr 
Description A temporary installation at Ushaw College by Carr and photographer Rosie Reed Gold on the interplay of light and dark, drawing on research from the Ordered Universe. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Further commissions, and development of a line of artistic practice by Carr. 
URL http://www.alexandracarr.co.uk/lux-obscura-1/
 
Title Cheesburn Grange Scupture Park 
Description Glass artist Cate Watkinson' sculpture 'Colour Columns I, II, and III' were requested for a year long display from July 2018, at the Cheesburn Grange Sculpture Park, Ponteland, Newcastle. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Profile raising for Cate Watkinson, and possibility for future commissions and sales of art. 
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2018/07/08/ordered-universe-creative-news-1-colour-columns-i-ii-and-iii...
 
Title Colour is Light 
Description A film by Alan Fentiman documenting the collaboration between Ordered Universe research and creative artists, culminating in the 2017-18 exhibition Illuminating Colour at the National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Closer collaboration between research from the Ordered Universe and Alan Fentiman in terms of artistic practice, and foundations for a longer collaborative relationship for knowledge exchange. Fentiman and Gasper are planning a new film based around Grosseteste's scientific works and the theme of water. 
URL https://vimeo.com/255865199
 
Title Ether - Alexandra Carr 
Description Created as a temporary installation in Oxford, Pembroke College, Lux obscura draws on the medieval cosmos, blending video footage and a nylon thread construction. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Further commissions for similar work at the Bowes Museum, County Durham, and at Oxford in 2018. 
URL http://www.alexandracarr.co.uk/ether/
 
Title Horizon - Light Up Poole 
Description Horizon is a sound and light projection from The Projection Studio (Ross Ashton and Karen Monid) drawing on the treatises 'On the Six Differences' and 'On the Sphere' prepared by the Ordered Universe team. The sound and light show featured imagery provided by NASA in addition to collaboration with Ordered Universe team members. The show was a co-comission from the Napa Lighted Art Festival, Napa, California, USA, January 12th -20th, 2019, and the Light Up Poole Festival in the UK, 21-23 February 2019. This entry concerns the Light Up Poole Festival 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Horizon played on the exterior of St James's Parish Church in Poole, over the duration of the Festival - to an audience of over 15,000. The show represented an artisitc shift for The Projection Studio artists, with a more sustained engagement with the research of the Ordered Universe project; it formed a flagship project for the Light Up Poole Festival. Ordered Universe members supported the showing with a public talk - reported under public engagement and outreach. 
URL https://lightuppoole.co.uk/8-horizon/
 
Title Horizon - Napa Lighted Art Festival 
Description Horizon is a sound and light projection from The Projection Studio (Ross Ashton and Karen Monid) drawing on the treatises 'On the Six Differences' and 'On the Sphere' prepared by the Ordered Universe team. The sound and light show featured imagery provided by NASA in addition to collaboration with Ordered Universe team members. The show was a co-comission from the Napa Lighted Art Festival, Napa, California, USA, January 12th -20th, 2019, and the Light Up Poole Festival in the UK, 21-23 February 2019. This entry concerns the Napa Festival. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Horizon recieved its world premiere at the Napa Lighted Art Festival. The show represents the deepening engagement of The Projection Studio artists with the Ordered Universe, marking a shift in their aristic practice in engagement with medieval thought, as well as modern scientific thought. The show played to over 30,000 viewers in Napa, as part of the Festival which made a considerable addition to the local economy. Ordered Universe members provided talks and inteactive activities to support the show - these are recorded as separate items under public outreach and engagement. 
URL https://vimeo.com/313549592
 
Title I see - Projection for Cambridge e-Luminate Festival 2018 
Description A new projection produced in collaboration with the Ordered Universe, from Ross Ashton and Karen Monid, from The Projection Studio. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Centrepiece of the Cambridge e-Luminate Festival, influence on the programming committee, and on future collaboration with the projection studio. 
URL https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/e-luminate
 
Title Illuminating Colour 
Description An exhibition of nine major pieces from glass artists Cate Watkinson and Colin Rennie, based at the National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland. The pieces were made in response to Ordered Universe research on the medieval and modern science of colour and the rainbow, principally the two treatises on the subjects by Robert Grosseteste. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The impact on the artists has been considerable - challenging a new direction of inspiration and an encounter with medieval science which is rare, and with equally cutting edge aspects of modern vision science. The numbers for general public attendance at the exhibition are currently at around 100,000; the exhibition was cited as an example of the cultural reach of Sunderland in bringing together the City of Culture bid. Impact is also evident on the curatorship, and decision to showcase this collaboration between the Ordered Universe and the NGC artists. 
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2017/10/26/illuminating-colour-a-guided-tour/
 
Title Light Embodied 
Description An Exhbition of Artwork from the National Glass Centre, staff and MA and PhD students, with a photographic exhibition, all work inspired by Ordered Universe research, curated at the JCR Art Gallery, Pembroke College, University of Oxford, 25th April-13th June. Exhibiting artists included: Cate Watkinson, Colin Rennie, Helen Pailing, Ruth Brenner, Angela Thwaites, Claire Todd, Alexandra Carr, Rosie Reed Gold and Angela Palmer. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Survey results indicated public engagement with the ideas of the project as mediated through the artworks. New pieces were created for the exhbition by Thwaites, Todd, Brenner and Rennie. 
URL http://www.ox.ac.uk/event/light-embodied
 
Title Photographs - Rosie Reed Gold 
Description A series of photographs derived from the Illuminating Colour exhibition by photographer Rosie Reed Gold. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The photographs were displayed at the Cambridge e-Luminate Festival 2018, working with the photographer has changed elements of her practice; plans for future collaboration. 
 
Title Sculpture: Empyrean - Alex Carr 
Description Alexandra Carr produced a series of artwork from the Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence, in collaboration with Ordered Universe project members. Empyrean is a representation of the medieval cosmos. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The sculpture was used in a exhibition at Durham Palace Green Library on Dante; it will remain on display in the North-East. 
URL http://www.alexandracarr.co.uk/empyrean-1/
 
Title Spiritus 
Description A sound and light show for the Berlin Light Festival drawing on Ordered Universe research onto medieval cosmology 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Part of the Berlin Light Festival with media coverage in Germany. Continued collaboration with the Projection Studio and the Ordered Universe. 
URL https://ordered-universe.com/berlin-light-festival-2016/
 
Title Spiritus - Heritage Night of Light 
Description A showing of Spiritus from Ross Ashton and the Projection Studio, in Oxford, 2017 for the Night of Heritage Light, organised by the Society of Light and Lighting. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Impact on the programming for the Night of Heritage Light - Ashton was approached by the SLL to participate. The showing drew significant numbers of audience (numbers not recorded). 
URL http://www.ox.ac.uk/curiosity-carnival/nohl
 
Title Spiritus: Light and Dark 
Description A new sound and light show for the Cambridge e-luminate Festival, with the Projection Studio and Ordered Universe. Grosseteste's theories of light, colour and cosmology formed the basis for the production. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Contribution to the Cambridge e-Luminate Festival, media coverage - BBC LookEast for example, and broadsheet newspapers. Considerable increase in social media impact. Continued collaboration with the Projections Studio. 
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2017/02/11/ordered-universe-at-cambridge-e-luminate-spiritus-light-and-...
 
Title World Machine 
Description A sound and light show produced for Durham Lumiere 2015, with Ross Ashton and Karen Monid of the Projection Studio, and composer Isobel Waller-Bridge, 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Part of the considerable economic impact of the Lumiere Festival to Durham, c. £6million in additional revenue, World Machine was highlighted as the top attraction. Continuing collaboration with the Projection Studio. 
URL https://ordered-universe.com/the-world-machine/
 
Description The current project is its final year (of four initially with a successful extension by six months). The research team has developed its collaborative methodology of working between medieval specialists in a wide variety of different fields (History, Philology, Philosophy, Theology, History of Science, History of Medicine and Palaeography), and modern scientists (Physics, Vision Science, Engineering, Computer Engineering, Cosmology, Mathematics and Psychology). We have published an article on the evolution of our methodological practices. Work on the six volumes which form the core of the project is proceeding on schedule. After agreeing a contract with Oxford University Press, the first volume comprising three medieval treatises, 'On the Liberal Arts', 'On the Generation of Sounds' and 'The Seven Liberal Arts', is in press, with a release date of November 6th 2019. The volume, of 650 pages, garnered high praise in the course of peer review. With 19 contributing authors, the volume, and those to come, are organisationally complex; but the collaborative research ethic comes into its own at this point. The team has also developed its scientific papers - an accepted and published paper in the Journal of the Optical Society of America on Rainbow Caustics; an accepted and published paper on Cross-modal Correspondence, with a third on phonteic recognition under submission. All three papers draw on research developed on the scientific thought of Robert Grosseteste which forms the focus of the Ordered Universe research project. In addition chapters from team members were included in a major edited volume in 2016 on Grosseteste, Science and Religion; additional work on the educational context for Grosseteste's work has been carried out by various team members for a volume on Grosseteste and Education. Two volumes of essays are planned from the project conference held in Oxford in 2018, on Creativity, Philosophy, History and Scientific Imagination. Finally, the team have submitted a joint science-humanities paper on the coherence of Grosseteste's observations on the rainbow and on his possible use of lenses to a leading History of Science journal, as well as pursuing humanities papers on Grosseteste's scientific corpus taken as a whole, and his reception of Aristotle in particular.
All of these activities have shown the strength and flexibility of a collaborative research ethos which brings many disciplinary perspectives to bear on the elucidation of medieval thinker. Ordered Universe research has a significant reach into many different fields; how the research team explains its various methodologies to itself, enriches the process of engaging non-academic audiences.
Exploitation Route The research findings will be of significant relevance to the fields of medieval studies and the History of Science - Grosseteste was a very considerable thinker from the 13th century, whose scientific treatises are badly in need of a new edition, and English translation. Integrating his scientific thought into assessment of his other achievements in church reform, pastoral care, and these into the wider themes of intellectual history and the development of medieval and Early Modern science, has potential to shift long-standing narratives and perceptions. The scientific outputs will have impact in the specific fields to which they pertain: vision science and phonetics in particular. The model and collaborative methods of the project have also attracted attention, within academe, especially from Education Studies, and to the OxNet Access to University scheme. The attraction of the project to the creative arts centre has also been marked, from projection art, to multi-media sculpture, photography, film-making, and glass art, helping to transform individual artistic practice, and, in the case of the larger sound and light festivals, boosting local economies in the UK, Europe, and the USA, and helping to shape new directions for light festival programming.
Sectors Creative Economy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL https://ordered-universe.com/
 
Description Findings from the project have been used extensively within a group of artists who have connected with, and contacted the project. Ross Ashton and Karen Monid - Projection Artists: have both engaged with research from the project on colour, light, the rainbow, the creation of the universe and on comets, to create sound and light shows for Lumiere Durham (2015), Berlin Light Festival (2016), Cambridge e-Luminate (2017 and 2018), the Night of Heritage Light in Oxford (2017) as well as further consultancy and connection with the Ordered Universe for a project at York Minster (June 2018). In 2019 a new show was developed with Ordered Universe input for the Napa Lighted Art Festival, California USA, and the Light Up Poole Festival in the UK. The economic impact of the Durham Lumiere Festival and from the Napa Lighted Art Festival collected by Festival organisers indicates a considerable boost to the local economy (£8milion in the case of Durham and environs). Ordered Universe team members also advised on, and participated in, a series of public talks and interactive activities in support of the Napa Lighted Art Festival, helping to shape the future direction of the Festival as involving both artistic products and expert, accessible, talks. Alexandra Carr - Sculptor: has engaged with the core research project and has produced artwork deriving from the treatises on light, colour and sound in particular. She is the recipient of a Leverhulme Artist in Residence Scheme for a related project with Giles Gasper on medieval cosmology. Carr has displayed artwork deriving from Ordered Universe at the Old Post Office Creative Space in Scarborough as well as producing prints for sale. Carr spent the summer and autumn of 2017 working at Ushaw College as a Leverhulme Trust Artist in Resdience on medieval and modern cosmology. This involved extensive collaboration with the Ordered Universe project, the production of a separate series of light paintings, a sequence of four temporary installations at Pembroke College (x2), Ushaw College, and the Bowes Museum, and a major sculpture on the medieval cosmos, part of a public exhibition at Durham's Palace Green Library (2017-2018). The sculpture, Empyrean, was long-listed for the Aesthetic Art Prize, 2019. Cate Watkinson and Colin Rennie, and other glass artists at the National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland: have engaged with the core research of the project in a series of joint workshops from 2016. Outputs will be a wide range of glass and metal sculptures, and an exhibition at the National Glass Centre in Suderland, October 2017-February 2018 'Illuminating Colour'. This exhibition forms part of the Sunderland City bid for City of Culture Status in 2020. The exhibition closed on March 10th, and has been a particular sucesss, with over 100,000 visitors, commissions have been forthcoming for additional artwork from both Rennie and Watkinson, and sales of pieces within the collection. One of Rennie's pieces, Magnitudo, was selected for the final judging for the Toyama International Glass Art Prize in Japan 2018. The exhbition was used for a Channel 4 documentary on rainbows in packaged meat products, and other pieces have been used in a city-wide interface between businesses and university called 'Coding the Wall'. The exhibition and its making form a documntary film by local film producer Alan Fentiman, and photographs of the exhbition by London-based photographer Rosie Reed Gold were displayed at the Cambridge e-Luminate Festival in 2018. Parts of the Illuminating colour exhibition toured to Oxford as 'Light Embodied' from April-June 2018, which featured work by Carr, Rennie, Watkinson and Reed Gold, as well as PhD and MA students from the National Glass Centre, all inspired by Ordered Universe research. As a result of connections developed within Ordered Universe, Watkinson and Rennie have begun a collaboration with the Earth Sciences Department at Durham University on glass and volcanology, stemming from two workshops organised under the aegis of Ordered Universe and the National Glass Centre on Grosseteste's treatise 'The Impressions of the Elements' and bubble formation. In addition the project forms part of an innovative access to university education scheme, Oxnet. The project provides course content for summer schools at Oxford and school-based courses in Sunderland. The aim of the scheme is to raise aspiration for university access; the role of the project to show the wide range of applications for learning and education in an interdisciplinary environment. The Ordered Universe part of this scheme opened in July 2017, as the main theme for the OxNet summer school. The regional hub at Sunderland launched in late 2017 launched, with an Ordered Universe inspired and delivered seminar course, taught in Sunderland, with the hub school at Southmoor Academy, and five additional schools in the region, over the course of 2018, a residential Easter School in Durham on medieval manuscripts and modern cosmology, and a residential summer school in Oxford, July 2018, where students analysed treatises in the collaborative spirit of the project, producing essays and posters after collective and individual sessions. The results from the first cohort will be tracked in terms of university entry, and the cohort contacted during their university courses for an assessment of the impact of the Ordered Universe access course. The cohort from 2018-19 has been selected, received a skills training day from Ordered Universe team members, and the seminar series in Sunderland. Survey results indicate a very high level of cohort interest and engagement. Ordered Universe has begun to attract wider impact as well. The PI was approached by representatives from Hereford Cathedral in early 2019 to develop teaching package for the Cathedral's education and outreach unit, and in particular for students at the new university of Hereford whose first cohort commences in August 2019. The new university is based on Engineering, the Cathedral has been approached to provide courses on local history and ethics; Ordered Universe was approached with a view to helping the formation of material in this respect. Ordered Universe research has been cited in a number of literary and educational contexts as well, in Joanna Kavenna's novel A Field Guide to Reality, and in Words Beyond Numbers by Johnny Ball.
Sector Creative Economy,Education,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description Co-Fund International Fellowships, Institute of Advanced Study for Professor Hannah E. Smithson
Amount £15,000 (GBP)
Organisation Durham University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 03/2017
 
Description Durham University Impact Seedcorn - Project Cosmos
Amount £8,500 (GBP)
Organisation Durham University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2016 
End 05/2017
 
Description Durham University Impact Seedcorn - Through a Glass Darkly
Amount £15,725 (GBP)
Organisation Durham University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2016 
End 10/2016
 
Description Durham University Research Impact Seedcorn - Beyond the Horizon
Amount £14,379 (GBP)
Organisation Durham University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2018 
End 01/2019
 
Description Georgetown University
Amount $20,000 (USD)
Organisation Georgetown University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United States
Start 03/2017 
End 04/2017
 
Description Leverhulme Artist in Residence
Amount £14,975 (GBP)
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2017 
End 09/2017
 
Description Authority and Innovation in Early Franciscan Thought (c. 1220-45). 
Organisation European Research Council (ERC)
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution An ERC Research Project, directed by Dr Lydia Schumacher, KCL. Gasper is an invited participant for one of four project conferences, speaking on creation and Robert Grosseteste.
Collaborator Contribution Dr Schumacher has been invited to deliver a paper at the Ordered Universe Conference in April 2018, on the subject of theology and science.
Impact Theology and History are both involved. Outputs will be published next year.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Memorandum of Understanding: University of Rome 'Tor Vergata' and Durham University 
Organisation University of Rome Tor Vergata
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The research collaboration builds on the relationship between Dr Gasper and Professor Panti within the Ordered Universe research project. We have organised a conference and a public lecture in Rome, 2016, and further workshops in Durham for 2017. These materially help the direction of the main project and allow for different academic voices to participate, and enrich the collaborative research process.
Collaborator Contribution See above
Impact Outputs are included as part of the main project. They include the public lecture in Rome, April 2016.
Start Year 2016
 
Description National Glass Centre - Through a Glass Darkly 
Organisation University of Sunderland
Department National Glass Centre
PI Contribution Through a Glass Darkly represents a collaboration between the Ordered Universe team and the National Glass Centre (NGC), University of Sunderland. Artists Cate Watkinson and Colin Rennie led a team of colleagues and doctoral and MA students, and some undergraduates, from the NGC. The Ordered Universe team co-organised collaborative reading workshops, medieval manuscript viewing and explanation, and joint on-sight workshops for the development of a major exhibition, 'Illuminating Colour' which took place October 2017-March 2018. Ordered Universe team members provided additional materials for the exhibition.
Collaborator Contribution A stunning collection of new pieces of glass art made by Cate Watkinson and Colin Rennie in response to Grosseteste's treatises 'On Colour' and 'On the Rainbow'. The pieces comprised: Colour Field: Cate Watkinson and Colin Rennie (Glass, marine ply, LED lights), Concurrentes: Colin Rennie (Hot glass and steel); Clara, Obscura: Cate Watkinson (Fused glass and steel); Hue and Saturation: Cate Watkinson (Blown hot glass); Colour Columns I,II,III and IV: Cate Watkinson (Glass blocks and steel); De Colore, De Iride: Cate Watkinson (Glass and light); Colore Magnitudo I: Colin Rennie (Blown hot glass, steel and brass); Colore Magnitudo II: Colin Rennie (Blown hot glass, steel and brass); De Iride: Colin Rennie and Cate Watkinson (Blown glass and steel) NGC team members also organised creative workshops to explore glass-making (sand-casting), and collaborative workshops on creative processes, material culture and technical tours of the facilities.
Impact An exhibition of new work from glass artists Cate Watkinson and Colin Rennie, Senior Lecturers at the National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland, which took place October 25th 2017-March 10th 2018. Collaboration involved Ordered Universe disciplines: History, Physics, Philosophy, Psychology, Palaeography, English Studies, Engineering Science, Theology and Glass Architecture. So far over 100,000 people have visited the exhibition at the NGC.
Start Year 2017
 
Description ASMbly Lab (Leeds) 
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 Participation in the ASMbly Lab - a making and meeting space for science and art, showcasing the Ordered Universe project, in the St John's Shopping Centre, Leeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2017/07/26/at-the-superposition-asmbly/
 
Description Berlin Light Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Ordered Universe team members collaborated with projection artist Ross Ashton and Karen Monid to prepare a sound and light show for the 2016 Berlin Light Festival, 'Spiritus' - this showed in the centre of Berlin to over 250,000 viewers. Media feedback was positive on the show, Ashton reported the change in artistic direction he had taken as a result of engagement with the Ordered Universe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Cambridge e-Luminate Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Ordered Universe members collaborated with Ross Ashton and Karen Monid for a developed version of the Berlin Light Festival show 'Spiritus' to create 'Spiritus: Light and Dark' for the Cambridge e-Luminate Festival 10th-15th February 2017, estimated 200,000 viewers. Ordered Universe members for 10th Feb put on an afternoon of public talks about the project and collaboration and an evening of interactive activists, from astrolabes to oculus rift, to support the show as it was playing. Estimated 300 visitors to the talks and interactive activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2017/02/11/ordered-universe-at-cambridge-e-luminate-spiritus-light-and-...
 
Description Conversation Article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An article in the Conversation entitled 'The Next Scientific Breakthrough Could Come From the History Books - the Case for Neo-Classicism in Science' authored by Tom McLeish, Hannah Smithson and Giles Gasper, published on March 1st. Article on 3 March had received 3000 reads, 86 tweeted links, Facebook mentions 120
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://theconversation.com/the-next-scientific-breakthrough-could-come-from-the-history-books-73553...
 
Description Conversation Article on Illuminating Colour - Gasper, McLeish, Watkinson 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 'How we explored medieval theories of colour through glass' is a piece for The Conversation - comment boxes indicate a good level of engagement with the article (currently at 3, 513 reads).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://theconversation.com/how-we-explored-medieval-theories-of-colour-through-glass-90266
 
Description Creating the Cosmos - Talk (Ushaw) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 20 people attended a public talk by Carr, Gasper and Dr Annalise Cipollone on medieval cosmology, Dante and artistic responses to Ordered Universe materials. Feedback was engaging and positive.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://sculptingwithlight.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/creating-the-cosmos-from-dante-to-dark-matter-pu...
 
Description Dark Matter Day (Durham) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Gasper, Sonnesyn and Carr took part in Dark Matter Day at the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, October 31st. 60 members of the public attended and engaged with the stand on Ordered Universe, generating interest in the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2017/11/01/dark-matter-day/
 
Description FabLab (Sunderland) 
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 March 23rd, 2018: Recoding the Wall: A Digital Making Day: An exciting Hack Day organised by Creative Fuse to investigate, experiment with, and modify a new artwork by Cate Wilkinson and Colin Rennie. The artwork, Colour Field, is a large interactive LED wall, which will be on display at Sunderland Fab Lab especially for this event (previously displayed at the National Glass Centre).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Festival of Humanities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Two events for the National Festival of Humanities, 'Being Human', for 2015 and 2016. The first focused on Light, with a public interactive exhibition of the science of light from the Middle Ages to the Modern Day to an audience of 250, audience surveyed indicated change in perceptions of collaboration between arts and science. The second focused on Cosmology and Sight from the Middle Ages to the Modern Day, to an audience of about 300, and a public lecture on calendar reform in the medieval period to an audience of 100 in Durham Cathedral. Audience surveys indicated a positive response to coming into contact with humanities and science research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2016/03/09/being-human-2015-the-music-of-light/
 
Description In Our Time - Cunningham 
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 In Our Time, BBC Radio 4, Jack Cunningham: 'Roger Bacon' (20.4.17). Together with Melvyn Bragg and other experts (Amanda Power and Elly Truitt), Jack discusses Roger Bacon's life and legacy, including his relationship and debt to Robert Grosseteste.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://ordered-universe.com/podcasts/
 
Description Interactive Activities and Poster Exhibition (Napa Lighted Art Festival, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Ordered Universe team members organised, hosted, and ran an interactive display of material connected to the project, from demonstrations of medieval science, art inspired by research on Grosseteste's scientific works, and animated, interactive models of the medieval cosmos, as well as poster displays of key aspects of the project, on three evenings during the Napa Festival. These events took place inside the building onto the exterior of which the projection show 'Horizon' was projected. Audience conversation and engagement was lively; pre-franked postcards were given out to audience, with several with comments on audience change in attitude towards the medieval period and interest in the research of the project have since been delivered to the PI in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2019/02/09/napa-lighted-art-festival-final-activities/#more-9950
 
Description Interdisciplinary and Creative Arts Workshop (Sunderland) 
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 20 representatives from Ordered University and Volcanologists from the Durham Department of Earth Sciences, and creative artists from the National Glass Centre, met for a workshop on June 28th, 2018, including a reading of Grosseteste's treatise 'On the Impressions of the Elements' on Glass and Bubble formation. Lively discussion across fields with impact on artistic production and potential for future collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2018/06/25/glass-gathering-creative-experimentation-with-hot-glass/
 
Description Interdisciplinary and Creative Arts Workshop II 
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 A second meeting in July 2018 between Ordered Universe members, Durham University Earth Scientists and Glass Artists, on the theme of elements, heat and glass formation, examining medieval science of heat and geology, and volcanoes, including research from the project on Grosseteste's scientific oeuvre, modern volcanology, and contemporary glass art. Lots of cross-field discussion, and plans for future collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2018/07/15/more-volcanoes-and-more-collaborative-investigations/
 
Description Light Festival Cambridge 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 60 member of the public attended an afternoon of short talks from Ordered Universe members on medieval views of colour and light (Falk, Cunningham, Gasper, Harvey, Carr). Audience surveyed indicated change of views on the subject.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/e-luminate/events/e-luminate-presents-ordered-universe-talks
 
Description Light Up Poole Public Talk (Poole, UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 32 general public attended for a public talk from Brian Tanner (Physics, Durham) and Giles Gasper (History, Durham), on medieval and modern theory of tides, including Grosseteste, for the Light Up Poole Festival, lively discussion folllowed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2019/02/28/medieval-and-modern-tides-light-up-poole-festival-2019/
 
Description Lumiere Durham 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Ordered Universe team worked with Projection Artist Ross Ashton in the production of the sound and light show 'World Machine' for Durham Lumiere 2015. Audiences of over 200,000 came to the event which projected onto Durham Cathedral. Economic impact of the Festival was gathered by the County Council indicated a £5million boost to the local economy, the same report highlighted World Machine as the most popular feature. Feedback at the event confirmed this. Durham postgraduates participated in the production of the show, and team member Richard Bower ran a schools talk as part of the engagement activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://ordered-universe.com/the-world-machine/
 
Description OxNet Access Scheme North East Launch Event (2018/19) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 70 lower sixth formers, 5 teachers, and 10 parents, attended an event to launch the OxNet Access Scheme in the NorthEast at St Peter's Church, Sunderland. Taster sessions for the course on medieval and modern astronomy, and notions of place in the past, accompanied a session for parents, and two longer presentations on university access and the Ordered Universe project. Attendance had increased from last year, and the result was an 100% increase in applications from students to the scheme, from 6 regional schools, 2 more than last year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2018/11/28/oxnet-ordered-universe-launched/
 
Description OxNet Access Scheme Skills Training Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 20 students and 2 teachers attended a skills training day for those candidates selected for the Ordered Universe OxNet Access Course, running in the North East. Delivered by Peter Claus (Oxford, OxNet co-ordination), Giles Gasper (Durham), Claire Ungley (Southmoor Academy and OxNet North-East co-ordination) and members of Durham University's widening participation team, sessions included a more detailed jntroduction to the collaborative methodology of the Ordered Universe project, learning to question, application advice, and close critical reading. Excellent discussion, reports from the respective schools, delivered orally, were positive on the effect on the students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description OxNet Easter School (Durham) 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact April 2018: Ordered Universe Team members ran a residential Easter School for the OxNet Access to University Scheme, Sunderland hub (engaging with four regional schools, and students from non-traditional university applicant backgrounds). The school consisted of talks, hands-on activities with medieval manuscripts, interactive sessions at Durham's Institute of Computational Cosmology and Institute of Particle Physics Phenomenonology, reading groups, working and poster sessions, and lectures. 20 stduents attended with teachers from the schools, in addition to the 11 staff/postdocs/PGR from Durham delivering the activities, alongside 2 undegraduate mentors. Survey feedback indicated a substantial change in attitude towards university life and study and medieval science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2018/04/09/back-to-easter-school/
 
Description OxNet Summer School 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Over 100 students took part in a national and international access to university programme run from the University of Oxford, based at Pembroke College. From hub schools in the UK (London, NW and NE) and with the Karta Foundation (India) and a similar programme from Tufts (USA), potential university applicants undertook a course organised around the Ordered Universe. Broken into strands, project members taught a particular strand with collaborative reading.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2017/10/05/oxnet-access-scheme-summer-school-2017-what-the-students-sai...
 
Description Panel Discussion (Science and Spirituality) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Tom McLeish took part in an evening panel discussion on science and spirituality using the Ordered Universe project as a case study, debate was organised by the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion. Lively debate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Pint of Science (Durham - Bower) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Richard Bower, Cosmology, gave a talk on the Ordered Universe as part of a Pint of Science event in Durham - Analysing Antiquity; over 50 member of the public attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/analysing-antiquity
 
Description Podcast for Physics World 
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 Physics World, Tom McLeish, Brian Tanner, Hannah Smithson and Giles Gasper in conversation with Margaret Harris: 'The Monk and the Multiverse' (23.8.16). Created around the Cheltenham Science Festival 2015, and from Harris's visit to Durham in 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://ordered-universe.com/podcasts/
 
Description Public Lecture (Order the Universe and Everything) 
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 lecture on the scientific world of Robert Grosseteste by Giles Gasper, audience discussion and questions afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Public Lecture (Oxford Westgate) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Hannah Smithson and Giles Gasper presented aspects of Grosseteste's teaching and learning including new work on the treatises on sound and the liberal arts as part of a series of talks based on exciting new archaeological discoveries beneath the Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxford.
Ordered Universe has been asked to consult on a schools/public walking route through Oxford on medieval science as a result.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://oxfordarchaeology.com/our-projects/westgate-oxford/westgate-talk-series
 
Description Public Talk - Ushaw College, County Durham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact February 22nd, 2018: Ushaw Public Lecture, Jack Cunningham (Bishop Grosseteste, University), 'Saving Robert Grosseteste - Fr Philip Perry's Lost Biography', public talk on the legacy of Robert Grosseteste, 40 audience, lively discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2018/02/14/saving-catholic-grosseteste-public-lecture/
 
Description Public Talk (Astronomy and the Liberal Arts) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Giles Gasper was the McGill Medievalist Visiting Public Lecturer, lively question and answer session, feedback led to greater networking within Montreal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Public Talk (Atom Society) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Hannah Smithson delivered a talk on medieval and modern accounts of human colour perception, debate followed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Public Talk (Bloomington, Indiana) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 40 attended a public lecture by Ordered Universe team member, Professor Neil Lewis (Georgetown University) at the Medieval Studies Institute, University of Indiana: 'Robert Grosseteste and the Ordered Universe: The value of interdisciplinary study for solving textual and interpretative problems'. A lively question and answer session followed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Public Talk (Durham) Dante 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact McLeish and Gasper gave a public talk on the medieval cosmos as part of the Durham Palace Green Library Lecture series on Dante
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2018/02/08/tours-of-the-cosmos-from-dante-to-dark-matter/
 
Description Public Talk (Imaging Fast Phenomena) 
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 lecture by Clive Siviour (Engineering Science, Oxford) as part of the Ordered Universe public talk series. A lively question and answer session ensued. Audience has pre and post lecture surveys.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://ordered-universe.com/clive-siviour-durham-2016/
 
Description Public Talk (Lincoln - Medieval Science and the Ordered Universe Project) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Tom McLeish delivers the Annual Edward Delaval Public Lecture in Physics at Lincoln University, a lively question and answer session ensued.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2016/11/14/annual-edward-delaval-lecture-in-physics/
 
Description Public Talk (Lincoln - Robert Grosseteste and the Generation of Sound) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Giles Gasper delivered the Annual Robert Grossteste Lecture at Bishop Grosseteste University, a lively question and answer session followed. Informal feedback reported increased interest in the subject at the University and the members of the public who regularly attend the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://ordered-universe.com/lecture-films/giles-gasper-lincoln-bgu-2016/
 
Description Public Talk (Oxford) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Over 100 general public attended a talk given by Professor Jim Al-Khalili 'On the Shoulders of Giants: Optics Before Newton', as part of the Ordered Universe project conference. A lively discussion followed, and conversations with Professor Al-Khalili about involvement in future projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2018/04/02/conference-news-jim-al-khalili/#more-8857
 
Description Public Talk (Secrets of the World Machine) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Richard Bower gave a talk on the science and history on the World Machine, the centrepiece of Durham Lumiere 2015 to school children in Durham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Public Talk (Ushaw) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk by Gasper, Brian Tanner and Alexandra Carr 'The Medium is the Message: Understanding Medieval and Modern Science Through Art', at Ushaw College, August 24th. Over 50 attendees with a level discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://sculptingwithlight.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/the-medium-is-the-message/
 
Description Public Talk (Voss - Norway) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Sigbjørn Sønnesyn delivered a talk on the Ordered Universe project as part of the 100th anniversary lecture series at the Voss Gymnasium (Secondary School) in Voss, Norway. A lively discussion followed. Feedback, informal, indicated change in audience views on the complexity of medieval science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Public Talk (Voss - Norway: Working Men's Society) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Sgbjørn Sønnesyn delivered an informal talk to the Voss Working Men's Society, in Voss Norway. Audience responded with debate about the project and reported surprise and change of views on the significance of medieval science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Public Talk (Wonders of the Universe) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Cecilia Panti and Tom McLeish gave a shared public lecture at the Notre Dame University Global Gateway in Rome, on medieval and modern knowledge and conceptions of the cosmos, to an audience comprising locals, scholars from Notre Dame University, and international guests. Audience was surveyed, and reported significant changes in perception of both medieval and modern knowledge of the cosmos.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://ordered-universe.com/tom-mcleish-rome-2016/
 
Description Public Talk - (Washington DC) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public talk delivered at Georgetown University, Washington DC, as part of an Ordered Universe conference. 50 attending in the audience, survey indicated a change in perception of the subject, and a lively discussion afterwards. Speakers were Gasper, McLeish and Ross Ashton.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2017/02/27/public-lecture-at-georgetown-university/
 
Description Public Talk - Giles Gasper and Hannah Smithson - Ely 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public Talk on February 11th in the Old Bishop's Palace, Ely, on Medieval and Modern Science, and the Ordered Universe project. The speakers also conducted a collaborative reading session with the public attending on Grosseteste's treatise on colour. A lively discussion took place. Audience surveys pre and post talk were collected.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2017/01/17/ely-cathedral-open-seminar-11th-february-2017/
 
Description Public Talk - Hannah Smithson - Durham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public talk under the aegis of the Durham University Institute of Advanced Study, by Ordered Universe co-Investigator Hannah Smithson, 'Medieval and Modern Explorations of Human Colour Perception'. Lively question and answer session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/fellows/iasfellows/1617/smithson/
 
Description Public Talk - Ordered Universe series (Dublin) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact September 18th 2018, Ordered Universe Public Lecture: Neill Lecture Theatre, Trinity College Long Room Hub, Dublin, Ireland 'Getting Hands-on with Medieval Science': Giles E. M. Gasper (Durham) and Seb Falk (Cambridge), lively discussion and survey evidence of change in audience perception of medieval science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2018/09/23/ordered-universe-in-dublin-getting-hands-on-with-medieval-sc...
 
Description Public Talk - Ordered Universe series (Montreal) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk from three Ordered Universe team members, 2nd May 2018, Tom McLeish (Physics, York), Giles Gasper (History, Durham) and Jack Cunningham (Theology, Bishop Grosseteste University) at the Redpath Museum, Montreal, Canada, 20 audience with disucssion and survey result indicating change in attitude towards medieval science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2018/04/19/public-lecture-at-the-redpath-museum-montreal/
 
Description Public Talk - Philipp Nothaft - Durham Cathedral 
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 lecture by Philipp Nothaft, All Souls College, Oxford as part of the Ordered Universe public talks programme, on medieval time reckoning and the dating of Easter; in Durham Cathedral to an audience of 90. Feedback was collected indicating change in attitudes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://ordered-universe.com/philipp-nothaft-durham-being-human-2016/
 
Description Public Talk and Reading Group Series (Napa Lighted Art Festival, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Ordered Universe curated a series of public talks for the Napa Lighted Art Festival in Napa California, January 17-20, 2019, in conjunction with the projection piece 'Horizon'. Talks were delivered by a group of interdisciplinary experts and creative artists:
1. Giles Gasper (Durham, History) and Cate Watkinson (Sunderland, Glass artist) - medieval and modern glass and thinking about light
2. Brian Tanner (Durham, Physics) and Colin Rennie (Sunderland, Glass artist) - the physics of light and modelling the rainbow
3. Alexandra Carr (Multi-media Sculptor) and Josh Harvey (Oxford, Psychology) - perception of colour, medieval, modern and in contemporary art
4. Josh Harvey and Henrike Lange (Berkeley, Art History) - medieval and modern perception of material
5. Giles Gasper - The Life and Times of Robert Grosseteste, followed by a collaborative reading session with the public of Grosseteste's treatise 'On Light'

Audiences provoked lively discussion, feedback surveys indicate change of attitude towards medieval history and science, and the links between humanities, natural sciences, and creative arts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.cityofnapa.org/844/Symposium-Series
 
Description Science Stories 
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 Science Stories, BBC Radio 4: Tom McLeish 'The Medieval Bishop's Big Bang Theory' (14.6.17). Together with Mary Jane Rubenstein, Tom talked about Grossetetse's De luce, and the interdisciplinary work of the Ordered Universe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://ordered-universe.com/podcasts/
 
Description Show and Tell (Ushaw) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A second 'show and tell' from materials related to the Ordered Universe and Sculpting with Light projects (Leverhulme Trust) - engaged conversation and stimulated audience as a result of the materials on display. 40 people attending.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Show and Tell - Ushaw 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 45 people attended a 'show and tell' from materials related to the Ordered Universe and Sculpting with Light projects (Leverhulme Trust) - engaged conversation and stimulated audience as a result of the materials on display.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Summer School (Oxford) 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact August 2018: Ordered Universe Team Members led the main theme for the OxNet Access to University Scheme Residential Summer School, bringing university applicants from non-traditional backgrounds together from hub schools in Sunderland, London, Manchester, India and Boston (USA). Over 100 students attended lectures, classes, experiemnetal sessions, reading groups, tutorials and educational trips. Very lively discussion, feedback surveys indicated a significant change in attitude to medieval science and university application.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2018/10/09/oxnet-on-grosseteste-day/
 
Description Ushaw Public Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 40 people attended a public lecture at Ushaw College, County Durham, by project member Jack Cunningham - 'Saving Catholic Grosseteste - Fr Perry's Lost Biography'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ordered-universe.com/2018/02/14/saving-catholic-grosseteste-public-lecture/