Stephen Fry Award winners
Published on Wed 20 Jan 2016
We are delighted that Caroline Brown (Archives) and Matthew Jarron (Museum Services), along with William Kennefick and Derek Patrick from the School of Humanities, have been awarded the Stephen Fry Award for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research. Caroline and Matthew were given the award in recognition of their work with the Great War Dundee project, a collaboration of city wide bodies formed to commemorate the impact of the First World War on Dundee.
The partnership, which is funded by a Heritage Lottery grant, has staged a number of public events and exhibitions attended by over 10,000 people in the last two years and the team’s research has led to publications, radio and television appearances and lectures. Caroline and Matthew have been able to use the archive and museum collections in a number of events; a particularly poignant moment was the reading of a series of soldier’s letters by Lorraine Kelly and Daniel Portman. The letters were written home by a soldier who died in the Battle of Loos.
The University holds the collection of Joseph Lee, a Dundee journalist and artist, whose poetry from the trenches were published to international acclaim. His poems have been used in commemorative events, broadcasts and anthologies, and Matthew and Caroline have edited a new edition of his poetry which is available to buy from the Archives. His papers and, in particular his journals from when he was a prisoner of war, have been used in a number of sessions with school pupils.
We are delighted with the award which demonstrates the importance of museum and archive collections in connecting people with their past and contributing to their understanding of the present. It is also a recognition that the research of archivists and curators can directly contribute to new interpretations of the past.
Stephen Fry talks about the Great War Dundee project