Sussex Humanities Lab

Associated projects

Communities and Cultures Network + (CCN+) (June 2012–March 2016)
Funded by EPSRC, the Digital Economy ‘Communities and Culture’ Network+ engages with digital transformations, bringing them together with a wider public through direct engagements, innovative methods and digital resources. Caroline Bassett (SHL Director), is a co-investigator on this project.

Computer technology, synchronisation and ensemble performance in wider community settings
Funded by the Communities and Cultures Network +, this project seeks to understand and further develop ways to use computers alongside musicians in live performance, particularly in community settings through three workshops, run by CCN+ and the SHL. The project also adds to CCN+ work on digital expertise in community settings, specifically in relation to cultural production/creative production. The project is a collaboration between Ed Hughes (PI, SHL Associate), Chris Kiefer (Co-I, SHL Member), Alice Eldridge (RA). SHL Co-Director, Sally-Jane Norman is ensuring links to the ‘Digital Technologies / Digital Performance’ SHL strand.

The BBC Centenary History Project (2014-)
This collaboration between the BBC and the University of Sussex aims to bring the Corporation’s extraordinary collection of oral history interviews with former staff into the public domain. This will make available for the first time, not just to researchers but to members of the public, entirely new perspectives on key events in the BBC’s history. Funded by the University of Sussex Research Development fund, the project is led by David Hendy (SHL Associate) in collaboration with Alban Webb (SHL Member).

Curating Childhoods: Developing a Multimedia Archive of Children’s Everyday Lives (2014-2015)
Funded by the AHRC Digital Transformations theme, this project is a collaboration between The University of Sussex and the Mass Observation Archive. It establishes a new multi-media collection on 'everyday childhoods' and explores synergies between popular and professional approaches to personal archives. Rachel Thomson, SHL Co-director, is the Principal Investigator and Liam Berriman, SHL Member, is the Co-Investigator on this project.

My life in a Day Project (May 2015)
Funded by the Communities and Cultures Network +, the aim of this project has been to encourage public engagement with a new innovative multimedia data collection at the Mass Observation Archive on ‘Everyday Childhoods’. The project involved co-hosting a one-day family workshop for children and families to explore practices of self-documentary in the digital age and the role of the Archive as a public space for sharing personal accounts of the everyday. In advance of the workshop, an invitation was sent out across local and national networks, inviting children and young people to record their own multimedia diaries of their day on May 12th to be deposited in the Everyday Childhoods collection. The event was promoted through this Youtube video.

The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925 (October 2014 - September 2019)
Funded by the AHRC, The Digital Panopticon is a collaboration between the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield, Tasmania, Oxford and Sussex. Led by an international team of established researchers, it will use digital technologies to bring together existing and new genealogical, biometric and criminal justice datasets held by different organisations in the UK and Australia. It will explore the impact of different types of punishments on the lives of 90,000 people sentenced at The Old Bailey between 1780 and 1875, develop new and transferable methodologies for understanding and exploiting complex bodies of genealogical, biometric, and criminal justice data and create a searchable website. Tim Hitchcock (SHL Co-Director) is the Sussex lead for this project.