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Creating Our Future Histories Karen Gabay – Karen is an experienced broadcaster & TV producer specialising in popular culture and social history archive based programming. Her career in media includes several years’ experience of broadcasting local community stories. In recent years this has developed into bringing community stories to screen mainly for the non- broadcast centre.  Within television and radio, productions have included an in-depth look at racism in football, Total Blackout,  the 30th anniversary of the riots as well as interviewing key cultural icons including the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Nile Rodgers and Baroness Doreen Lawrence. In 2009 Karen formed Troubadour with the Trinidadian writer Suzanne Robertson with the aim of highlighting the migrant experience to northern audiences. It was also their intention to document stories that mainstream media was reluctant to portray. They have worked with organisations in various towns and cities as well as collaborating with inter-generational projects in Crewe, Nottingham, Manchester and Styal. Troubadour has successfully produced highly commended local heritage films in collaboration with the North West Film Archive that include the award winning Tales of Moss Side & Hulme – A Short Documentary that gave the residents and former residents of the area a new voice free of broadcast spin. It has been acclaimed by community audiences and universities and has won the British Universities Film Council and Open University award for best Non-Broadcast film. It was also shortlisted by the Times Higher Educational Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the community.
 contributers_0005_Heather Norris Nicholson Heather Norris Nicholson – Heather is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Visual and Oral History Research at the University of Huddersfield. She has taught widely at undergraduate and graduate level and published extensively on aspects of amateur film interpretation, including, Amateur Film: Meaning and Practice, 1927–77 (Manchester University Press, 2012). During 2013–14, she is Visiting Professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London where she co-devised an MA course that explores the contribution of archive film to studying dress history within a wider social and cultural context.  Current editorial positions include the Oral History Journal and her present research includes co-writing a book on amateur women film making visual practice and a number of contributed chapters on aspects of non-professional film production and exhibition.  She is also involved in various community-based projects involving archive film in wider explorations of identity, memory and history that range from local to international level.
 Alison Fell Alison Fell – Since 2010 I have been leading the ‘Legacies of War’ project at the University of Leeds. This aims to stimulate, collaborate on and coordinate activities across Leeds and Yorkshire planned to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War. We are working in partnership with Leeds City Council, particularly libraries, archives, museums and galleries. Other partners include Leeds Grand Theatre, Hyde Park Picture House, the Thackray Museum, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Bradford Peace Museum and Opera North, as well as several community groups and organisations, and I have acted as a consultant for BBC productions. Internationally, we are also collaborating with the city council of Lille in France, Leeds’ twin city. I was an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Birmingham. After a year spent in Lyon as a lectrice, I was a lecturer at The Queen’s College, Oxford and Lancaster University before coming to Leeds in 2007. I began my research career working on C20th French women’s writing, which resulted in a book on representations of motherhood in the autobiographical works of Simone de Beauvoir, Violette Leduc and Annie Ernaux. For the last few years, my research interests have shifted to a more historical focus on women’s experiences in, and cultural representations of, the First World War. I am currently researching a monograph entitled Back to the Front: Women as Veterans in France and Britain, 1916-1933. In addition, I am co-directing a Wellcome Trust funded collaborative research project investigating the image and experience of female nurses during the First World War.
Sam Gray Sam Gray – I’ve enjoyed a wide variety of engagement roles at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) over the past decade specialising in regional development, 2-way community engagement, research administration, knowledge exchange etc. From 2008 – 2012 I was MMU’s project manager on the Manchester Beacon initiative – leading a successful change agenda around the recognition, reward and support for public engagement across the university. More recently I’ve been responsible for the project management of MMU’s REF2014 submission; particularly offering guidance, support and advice around the impact agenda. I was awarded a fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts in 2011 and act as a reviewer for various engagement and science communication grants for the Royal Academy of Engineering, The Swiss National Science Foundation etc. I’ve presented sessions on engagement with social media at the British Science Association’s Communication Conference and various regional conferences and events. I am the Chair of a Charitable Organisation in my home town in Derbyshire where I enjoy spending time with my wife and two sons.
Lawrence Cassidy Lawrence Cassidy – Completed a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2009 in Installation art practice and community engagement.   Founded and managed the ‘Re-Tracing Salford’ project a city-wide exhibition, archive and outreach programme. The project utilises material culture from demolished communities to engage current and ex-residents of the city in their marginalised heritage. The project involves diverse strands, including interactive mapping, digital archiving and schools outreach.
Trevor Barnes Trevor Barnes – Trevor is a journalist and award-winning reporter for BBC Radio, reporting for Radio 4’s flagship religion programme “Sunday” which he presented for many years. In a career spanning over twenty years (including assignments in Independent Radio and BBC Television) he has worked extensively within the BBC’s religious and current affairs departments compiling documentaries and anchoring live events on domestic radio and BBC World Service. He is a freelance contributor to most of the national press and writes an occasional column in the Church Times. He is a biographer, ghost-writer and author of twelve books including two best-sellers and three books for children.
Chris Burgess Chris Burgess – Chris Burgess is curator at the People’s History Museum, Manchester. He began working there in 2006, and has occupied a variety of roles largely concerned with bringing the collections and the public closer together. While at the museum Chris has curated and co-curated a number of temporary exhibitions and was part of the team that delivered PHM’s award winning galleries, which formed part of the museum’s capital project that opened in 2010. Between the years 2009 and 2014 he completed a PhD on the history of the British Election poster at the University of Nottingham. He has written numerous articles, book chapters and for The Guardian’s Comment is Free.
seren-g Seren Griffiths – Seren Griffiths is a post-doctoral research associate working with Dr Ben Edwards (MMU) on his AHRC funded research project (  She is an archaeologist who specialises in scientific dating, including Bayesian statistical modelling of radiocarbon dates.  She has worked as a specialist on site and in post-excavation for commercial and research projects across Europe.  She did her PhD at Cardiff University, and her MSc and MA at the University of Oxford.
contributers_0004_HLF Logo Heritage Lottery Fund Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 36,000 projects with more than £6bn across the UK
contributers_0002_Maya Sharma Maya Sharma – I’ve worked (or volunteered) in the voluntary sector for most of my adult life and bring this experience to my current role as Development Officer for the Heritage Lottery Fund. My work has tended to be within voluntary sector support and infrastructure at local, regional and national level but I’ve also worked delivering services to communities too. Whilst a number of my roles have been generic development posts I’ve also worked with more specialist parts of the sector, for example working with BME and refugee /asylum seeker advice projects in London, or more recently working for Oxfam with BME women’s groups in the North West.I’ve found that this background serves me well in my in my role at HLF, where I provide advice and guidance to potential applicants as well as carrying out broader pieces of development work. I feel I have a solid understanding of the challenges that can face community groups in accessing our funding and delivering heritage projects but also a strong appreciation of the value of community-based and owned heritage work.
sophie-duncan Sophie Duncan – Sophie has worked in public engagement for over 20 years. She is currently the deputy director of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, a role that includes overseeing NCCPE projects and communications. Originally trained as a physicist she started her career at the Science Museum in London where she was involved in exhibition design and public events. She then became programme manager with Science Year – a government initiative to promote science to teenagers. Following this, Sophie spent 7 years working at the BBC – leading the creation and delivery of national learning campaigns including Breathing Places which sought to inspire people to do one thing to help wildlife, and Play it Again which encouraged people to develop their musical talent. A skilled facilitator and trainer, Sophie is particularly interested in the role of evaluation to develop quality engagement.  She is passionate about engaging with the public, and committed to finding more effective ways to support public involvement in higher education.
paul-manners Paul Manners – Paul Manners is Associate Professor in Public Engagement at UWE and director of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement. The NCCPE’s role is to help to coordinate public engagement practice and to support innovation and strategic change in universities.  Paul’s whole career has been education related.  He trained as a secondary English teacher and after teaching for five years, joined the BBC where his credits include the long running BBC2 series, ‘Rough Science’.  He was an executive producer in BBC Learning, responsible for a number of broadcast-led public engagement campaigns, including the People’s War project, gathering tens of thousands personal reminiscences about WWII into an online archive. He is chair of the National Trust’s advisory panel on Learning and Engagement and a fellow of the RSA.
Creating Our Future Histories Morag Rose – Founder of the LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement) and PhD student at the University of Sheffield.
paul-wake Paul Wake – Paul is Reader in English Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is author of Conrad’s Marlow: Narrative and Death in ‘Youth,’ Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim and Chance (2007), and co-editor, with Simon Malpas, of The Routledge Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory (2013). He has written several articles on the literary history of the Gunpowder Plot and is currently working on military fiction. Connecting all of this work is an abiding interest in the intersection of narrative theory and historiography.
Andy moor Andy Moor – In 1999, I completed a PhD at the University of Newcastle on national identity in the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. This work led to a monograph, Powell and Pressburger: A Cinema of Magic Spaces (I B Tauris, 2005) and a co-edited collection, The Cinema of Michael Powell: International Perspectives on an English Filmmaker (BFI, 2005). I have also published on various aspects of British Cinema, medical cinema, and LGBT Cinema. I am currently working on gay and lesbian cinema since Stonewall for a forthcoming monograph. This work will explore the ways in which some of the values and politics of the gay and lesbian movements interacted with ideas of film genre when explicit and open representations of LGB life began to find screen space after 1969. I have worked at MMU since 2005, and am currently Reader in Cinema History in the Department of English.
Creating Our Future Histories Louise Clennell  – Education and Outreach Officer (Special Collections) MMU