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Ben Jones. First Tuesday – ‘Reflections on Newcastle 1914 -18’
7 February 2017 @ 19:00 - 21:00
‘Reflections of Newcastle 1914-18’ is a Heritage Lottery funded World War One project, and a collaboration between the Lit & Phil, Northumbria University, Newcastle College and arts organisation November Club.
Through research of archival material by Lit & Phil volunteers and Northumbria University English students in local archives and collections (Lit & Phil, TWAM, Newcastle City Library) and national collections (Imperial War Museum), the project explores the impact World War One had on the intellectual, cultural and social life of Newcastle upon Tyne with a focus on the impact of war on civilian life in Newcastle and how the war shaped (or was integrated into) everyday cultural and intellectual pursuits.
Three free interactive iBooks were developed alongside three city centre walks. Designed by Newcastle College design students, the iBooks take participants on a tour of central Newcastle using fictional characters and narratives to guide the audience, alongside archival material, photography and factual information about the war and Newcastle upon Tyne. Each iBook and walk begins and ends at the Lit & Phil.
Dr Ben Jones is a curator/artist and researcher. His practice based PhD at Newcastle University was concerned with understanding the issues and problems of engaging with communities through participatory creativity and digital media. During and since competing his PhD in 2015 he has developed heritage based participatory art projects with a particular interest in Gateshead, including the Spence Watson Archive (2014), and in 2015 started the Gateshead based social enterprise, Dingy Butterflies CIC. From June 2015 to December 2016 he was employed as Project Manager of ‘Reflections of Newcastle 1914-18’ and since September 2016 he has worked at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums on the ‘Live Well’ project which aims to engage disadvantaged older people in local museums and collections.