Researching with the Community - Uncovering a Hidden History
This episode of the University of Portsmouth's Interdisciplinary Webinar Series, is chaired by Leïla Choukroune, Professor of International Law and Director of the University of Portsmouth Thematic Area in Democratic Citizenship, and presented by Dr Laurel Forster, Reader in Cultural History at the University of Portsmouth.
The city of Portsmouth, dominated by the dockyard and Royal Naval bases, has traditionally celebrated and commemorated the achievements of men, with the assumption that the second wave of feminism made little impact. However, Portsmouth, with its status as a city of deprivation, with poor housing stock and few resources for women and families, does, in fact, owe a huge amount to the grass-roots activism of women who have made significant contributions to life in Portsmouth. This project built a network of women who had been campaigning to improve their lives, and the lives of their communities, in the Portsmouth area since the 1960s, and offered nearly sixty women the opportunity to give their testimonials and narrate their own histories. Part of the project involved making this uncovered history available to the local and wider interested publics. In this webinar Dr Laurel Forster will discuss how this joint research was undertaken and disseminated, what worked, what didn't, dealing with ongoing interest, and the lasting legacy.