Sensory Stories was presented at AHRC headquarters in Swindon last month as project leader Claire reported on our aims, progress and outcomes so far. The talk, part of a lunchtime workshop on public engagement strategies, was an exciting opportunity to share our ideas and successes with the project funders.
‘What really struck me as I prepared my presentation, sorting through a year’s worth of photos and re-reading our original funding application, is just how much the project has grown from what we initially conceived,’ said Claire.
‘Under the leadership of various committee members the ‘Sensory Opportunities’ have developed into something far larger and richer than we had imagined, featuring numerous activities and formats, and collaboration with a huge number of participants.’
The Sensory Stories presentation was part of a wider discussion on public engagement and was followed by Paul Manners from the Beacons Project, who led participants in thinking about how the value of the arts and humanities can be emphasised to a public that might one day get to decide where government funding is allocated.
‘At the workshop the listeners seemed most impressed by how much Sensory Stories has been able to achieve on a modest budget,’ added Claire. ‘For me this proves that with the efforts of an amazing team, imagination and a lot of creativity, money should be no object to taking your ideas out to the wider public.’