Supporting healthcare professionals through Covid-19: Understanding how arts-based methods can support non-verbal communication

About the project The multidisciplinary research team involved in this project worked with performers to develop and deliver a programme of training and support for frontline NHS staff during the pandemic. A key focus of the work was on developing staff skills and confidence to communicate effectively when wearing PPE might have made this difficult. […]

UK museums during the COVID-19 crisis: Assessing risk, closure, and resilience

About the project This project investigated how ‘big data techniques’ can inform research into the UK museum sector. It combined inter-related strands of qualitative and quantitative research. The study sought to develop new ways to collect data on museums using web analytics, natural language processing and sentiment analysis to digitally track trends as they emerge. […]

Impacts of COVID-19 on the cultural sector and implications for policy

About the project This project aimed to deepen understanding of the impacts of COVID-19 on cultural organisations, on the cultural sector workforce, and on audiences. There were three strands to this mixed methods research programme. The first examined the impacts on the cultural sector, analysing large data-sets including the ONS Labour Force Survey. These were […]

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News from the Culture Box

Dr Chloe Asker (Post Doctoral Research Associate) reflects on methodologies in arts and health research that have become so important during the pandemic and shares some updates on the Culture Box project. Introducing the Culture Box project In recent years, there has been a growing interest in person-centred approaches to engage people with dementia in […]

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Pandemic & Beyond Response to Draft Terms of Reference for the UK COVID-19 Inquiry

Submitted 7 April 2022. This response to the COVID-19 inquiry draft terms of reference consultation is based on evidence drawn from a meta-analysis and ethics review of pandemic impact research, which has been jointly commissioned by the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator and Pandemic & Beyond, two UKRI/AHRC funded initiatives. The review is intended for submission […]

NHS Voices of COVID-19

About the project This project extends from the NHS at 70 project, to investigate, identify, and document the impacts of the pandemic on healthcare workers and patients. It was based on over 2,000 interviews, recorded remotely by volunteers, of NHS staff, clinical leaders, policy makers and patients. For policy makers The project illuminates the lived […]

Far Apart UK: Looking Beyond Lockdown – How UK Arts Organisations Can Continue To Support Young People’s Wellbeing During COVID-19

About the project We know that young people’s participation in the arts has a positive impact their mental health and wellbeing. COVID-19 forced arts organisations to move their activities online, radically changing the ways in which they support young people. Using mixed methods, this study examined the impact of this shift to the digital on […]

Cultural and Creative Industries

Arts and Humanities research during the pandemic has shown how the crisis is galvanising practitioners and stakeholders in the cultural sector to find new models for producing work and for reaching audiences. However, it has also exposed structural inequalities and exclusions for audiences and for the sector’s workforce.   Technological innovations, including hybrid modes of digital and […]

Making it FAIR: Understanding the Lockdown ‘Digital Divide’ and the Implications for the Development of UK Digital Infrastructures

About the project This project examined how small museums can address the challenges of engaging with audiences online in lockdown and beyond, in such a way that new digital content generated is sustainable and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Resuable). Researchers conducted an action-based research study with a cohort of 8 small museums; they received training, […]

Performing Leadership Differently: Co-creating Collective Strategies for Change

About the project This project has grappled with the problems created by class privilege and racial and cultural hierarchies within the arts and creative sectors. Its aim is, through collaborative practice, to establish ways of working that can counter barriers to entry and progression. Researchers have critically explored principles to inform new leadership models using […]