Dr Ruth Page (CAL)

Over the last five years, my research about social media and storytelling has led to a number of public engagement activities. My experience includes working with the media, through radio interviews (including a number of local BBC radio stations and BBC Woman’s Hour) and workshops (including the Guardian’s Higher Education Network). I have given lectures and written guest blog posts for various organisations, including MIPAA and Precise Analytics.  An important element of my work is the use of stories in heritage contexts.  As the Principal Investigator for the AHRC funded research network, Transforming Thresholds (http://transformingthresholds.weebly.com/) I worked with a number of museum practitioners (including those based at Birmingham Museums Trust, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in Leicester, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeology, and the Museum of London).  As part of that project we explored a number of ways to gather visitor perspectives, including interviews, using wearable camcorders and focus groups.  I have helped run public engagement events for a range of age groups, including creative writing workshops as part of the ACE-funded ‘Sole to Soul’ project with Harborough Museum.

Email: PAGERE@bham.ac.uk