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Management Team


Berthold Schoene Berthold Schoene (Mentor) – Berthold came to the UK twenty-four years ago to do a PhD in Modern Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. He is now Professor of English and Associate Dean for Humanities and Social Science Research at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is also director of the Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research (IHSSR) and founding director of the University’s ‘Humanities in Public’ Festival. His books include Writing Men (2000), Posting the Male (2003), The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature (2007), The Cosmopolitan Novel (2009) and The Edinburgh Companion to Irvine Welsh (2010). More recently he has edited two special journal issues on ‘Texting Obama: Politics, Poetics, Popular Culture’ for Comparative American Studies and ‘Cosmopolitanism as Critical and Creative Practice’ for the Open University’s Open Arts Journal. In 2012 he was Distinguished Visiting Professor of British Literature at the University of Connecticut. He lives in Prestwich.
Melanie Tebbutt Melanie Tebbutt (Mentor) – Melanie is Director of the Manchester Centre for Regional History and Co-director of the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies. She has published across a range of historical themes, including working-class women, communities and cultures, families and social networks, and gender, leisure and the history of youth in modern Britain. Her most recent book, Being Boys: Youth, Leisure and Identity in the Inter-war Years (Manchester University Press, 2012: paperback 2014), examined the masculinities of working- class boys and young men through their leisure activities. Melanie is Principal Investigator on an AHRC public engagement project in Manchester and Salford called ‘The Passions of Youth’. This community-based inter-generational initiative intends to enhance self-confidence and challenge negative stereotypes of youth behaviour by focusing on the everyday leisure passions of working-class young men in their teens as they work with local artists to explore creatively how their particular leisure passions have changed over the past sixty years. Melanie is also a Co-investigator with the World War One Engagement Centre based at the University of Birmingham, ‘Voices of War and Peace’, and is interested in researching the war’s impact on children and young people and supporting World War One research which has a strong community-based dimension.
Fiona Cosson Fiona Cosson (Mentor) – I am a social and oral historian with particular internist in community history and in histories of communities. I am based in Manchester Centre for Regional History, a research centre based within the History Department at Manchester Metropolitan University, where I support and develop the research, publication, outreach and engagement activities of the Centre. I teach aspects of oral history and public history at undergraduate and postgraduate level at MMU, and provide training and support for external community and oral history projects. My professional background lies in community heritage and oral history projects, having directed and delivered several heritage projects for a range of organisations, and as such, my current research interests coalesce around the relationship between history and history-making (writing and doing), communities and people, everyday life and politics. I am a Trustee and Committee Member for the Oral History Society and co-founder of the Unofficial Histories conference.
Helen Rogers Helen Rogers (Mentor) – Helen is a social and cultural historian and teaches in the English Department at Liverpool John Moores University. Her research focuses on working-class history, especially in the nineteenth century, and so she is delighted to be working with the Ancoats Dispensary Trust. Helen is using her research on crime and punishment to explore working-class lives and culture in her blog Conviction: Stories from a Nineteenth-century Prison. She leads a collaborative online project called Writing Lives, involving researchers and students, which aims to make working-class life-writing available and searchable to all. Helen is also one of the editors of The Journal of Victorian Culture and tweets – probably rather too much – at @HelenRogers19c.
 researchers_0022_Craig Horner Craig Horner (Mentor) – Dr Craig Horner is a lecturer in the History Department at Manchester Metropolitan University. He teaches on first-year undergraduate units and is acting co-ordinator for the MA History. He also works at the People’s History Museum in Manchester as IT officer. Working at both sites has enabled him to introduce undergraduates to the museum and its labour archive, and he is the museum representative for the MMU year 2 unit, History in Practice. Craig has published on eighteenth-century Manchester and is now active in mobility history, especially the British ecperience in the twentieth century. In 2015 he will take over the editor’s role of Aspects, the journal of the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain.
Helen Malarky Helen Malarky (Community Engagement) – As Project Manager for Research and Impact in the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at MMU, I manage the daily running of the Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research. This includes the coordination of the Institute’s ‘Humanities in Public’ festival programme, conference organisation and provision of support for other research projects and activities led by IHSSR staff, design and maintenance of the Institute’s web pages, development and proactive management of Public Engagement and Impact Generation activities, provision of support for the Institute’s Research Fellows, and coordination and management of postgraduate research-training programmes. Working closely with the HLSS Associate Dean for Research, I make a significant contribution to the fulfilment and delivery of the Institute’s chief strategic aims. My responsibilities also involve establishing and developing contact with the Institute’s external stakeholders and research end users.
Claire Turner Claire Turner (Community Engagement) – Claire has over 20 years’ experience of working in the cultural, tourism and charity sectors, establishing charitable organisations, initiating and programming major events, developing community arts projects and providing consultancy for a range of organisations. Underpinned in all of her work is the importance of community engagement and participation, embedding activities into the histories, cultures and experiences of the people of a particular area. Claire has worked across sectors providing tourism and events advice for local authorities; developing community initiatives for regeneration companies; establishing educational programmes for arts charities; and exploring the needs of excluded communities for audience development agencies. She is currently the Director of Manchester Histories, the charity that delivers Manchester Histories Festival.
 rebecca andrew Rebecca Andrew (Project Support) – Rebecca completed her PhD in the Manchester Centre for Regional History at MMU, where she is currently Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded ‘Passions of Youth’ public engagement initiative. The project aims to contest negative stereotypes and assumptions frequently made about young, working-class men and encourage them to use their own skills to present more positive images of their lives and leisure interests. ‘Passions’ is an intergenerational project, which brings together working-class young people, historians, youth and community workers, elderly people and local communities, exhibition curators and archivists, from across Manchester and Salford. Rebecca also works as a post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Sheffield, as part of the AHRC and ESRC-funded programme, ‘Imagine: Connecting Communities through Research’, which is a five-year project running from 2013 to 2017. The ‘Imagine’ project brings together universities, working with their local communities, to experiment with different forms of community building that can ignite imagination about the future, helping to build resilience and a momentum for change. As a member of the ‘Creating Our Future Histories’ Management Group, she is responsible for the project’s interactive website.


Tessa Chynoweth Tessa Chynoweth – I am in the second year of a Collaborative Doctoral Award at Queen Mary, University of London and The Geffrye Museum. The title of my thesis is ‘Domestic Servants and Domestic Space in Eighteenth-Century London’, and my research focuses on understanding the relationship between domestic servants and the spaces they inhabited. I was awarded a BA in History at King’s College London in 2007 and an MA in Early Modern History at the University of Sheffield in 2012. I have completed internships at the National Portrait Gallery, Dr. Johnson’s House, and at the Site Gallery in Sheffield, and am particularly interested in the uses of history outside of the academy, and of the portrayal of ‘vernacular’ material objects and narratives within museums and galleries.
Sam Colling Sam Colling – Sam is an Associate Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and has recently completed a PhD, fully funded by the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design, titled ‘The Aesthetic Pleasures of Girl Teen Film’. This research questions the gendered hierarchies of pleasure that scholarship often maintains and develops a new way of exploring ‘feminine’ forms of popular culture through a re-evaluation of the concepts of pleasure and fun. She is particularly interested in the connections between film, pleasure, affect and emotion. She is also a filmmaker and interested in the potentialities of participatory research and creative co-production.
 Hannah Ellul Hannah Ellul – Hannah is an artist and PhD candidate in the department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College, University of London. She received her MFA in Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art in 2010. Her thesis explores the appropriation of images of political upheaval and protest in contemporary art, a project informed by contemporary debates on agency, particularly as they intersect with emerging theories of political will, objecthood and indeterminacy. She developed a long-standing interest in the work of community archives while volunteering in various organisations, including Screen Archive South East and Glasgow Women’s Library.
Jennifer Kain Jennifer Kain – Jen is of Yorkshire stock, native to the North-East of England, and classes Manchester and Auckland as her spiritual homes. She graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University when the The Haçienda was still open, and returned to higher education after her travelling experiences reinforced her interest in the history of migration and colonisation. Jen is currently completing her PhD entitled ‘Preventing ‘Unsound Minds’ from Populating the British World: Australasian Regulation of ‘Insane’ Immigrants, circa 1850-1920, at Northumbria University, Newcastle. Her other interests include 1980s pop music, coffee and uncovering the provenance of modern day ‘ginger-abuse.’
 Adelle Stripe Adelle Stripe – Adelle is a founding member of the Brutalist Poets and lives in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire. Her writing has appeared in The Stool PigeonThe TimesGuardianMorning StarandCaught by the River. She has released three poetry collections on artisan publisher Blackheath Books. Her recent publication Dark Corners of the Land was a Scotsman Book of the Year and won Poetry Book of the Year at the 2012 3:AM Awards. Adelle is currently a Creative Writing PhD student at the University of Huddersfield researching the life and work of the Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar.
Megan Webber Megan Webber – Megan is a PhD student in history at the University of Hertfordshire. Her interests include poverty, charity, and poor relief.   Her master’s dissertation (completed in Canada) concerned charitable institutions for reforming juvenile delinquents in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century London. Her current research expands upon this study, examining how poor Londoners interacted with a variety of early nineteenth-century charities —including hospitals, schools, and religious societies. She is particularly interested in the ways in which charity beneficiaries expressed agency in all its varied forms. She has developed an interest in public engagement as a volunteer at a variety of historic sites in Britain and Canada.
Leanne Green Leanne Green – Leanne is a 3rd year AHRC funded CDA student based between MIRIAD, MMU and IWM London. Her research analyses a collection of First World War posters and press advertisements to provide an insight into the social, moral and cultural issues that permeate printed ephemera and political propaganda in times of national crisis. Leanne has a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Art Gallery and Museum Studies from University of Leeds. She has previously worked at London Transport Museum and Abbey House and has received AHRC Skills Development Funding for the conference ‘Making Connections: Collaboration in Research and Practice’. She is currently Associate Lecturer at MMU and Project Manager for a Pop-Up-Republics exhibition to be held at IWM North as part of Asia Triennial Manchester 2014.
 Laura Harrison Laura Harrison – After graduating from the University of Glasgow in July 2008, I spent the summer working as a researcher for the Glasgow Women’s Library on the ‘Find a Solution’ Project, funded by the Glasgow University Settlement. I began an MA in History and Politics at the University of York in 2009, for which I received a distinction. My dissertation; a spatial analysis of prostitution and courtship in York, provided the starting point for my current research which I started at the University of Leeds in 2011, after a year spent living and teaching in Thailand. Drawing on recent developments in spatial history, my current research explores how, through their leisure and courtship activities, young working-class men and women both responded to and shaped their environment in late nineteenth and early twentieth century York.
 Craig Stafford Craig Stafford – I am a part-time History PhD student at the University of Liverpool. My research focuses on south-east Lancashire and the women arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned for drunkenness during the mid-Victorian period. I am particularly interested in comparing and contrasting the experiences of women in Salford and Rochdale, two towns with differing political and geographical make-ups. My work encompasses theories of ethnicity and gender, as well as themes concerning the attitudes of the police, press and prison staff to the issue of female drunkenness. I also teache GCSE and A-Level History on a part-time basis.
 Jo Darnley Jo Darnley – As an experienced Primary School Teacher I enjoy nurturing children’s learning experience through creativity, self- expression and investigative processes using a ‘hands-on’ approach such as – drama, sculpture, photography, recycled products and textiles, to name a few, to access the National Curriculum. As a Community Dance Practitioner (2010 onwards) I deliver creative language and dance movement workshops to participants 0 – 60yrs+ in a range of settings, in the Manchester community. I have developed and published my own website I enjoy meeting people and experiencing cultures of different countries, having travelled around Europe, India and Australia before having my family. I am commencing MA History in September.
 Emma Sophie Pickering Emma Sophie Pickering – Emma completed her BA Hons and MA in English Literature at the University of Leeds. She is currently undertaking her PhD at Leeds, titled ‘Hearing Silences: Disability and Voices in the Spaces of Postcolonial Literatures and Film’. Her work challenges hierarchies that privilege certain types of spoken voice, and seeks to make productive links between Postcolonial Studies and Disability Studies. She is also an Information Assistant and an Academic Support Assistant at the Student Advice Centre at Leeds University Union, where she provides first contact information and signposting for students, and administrative, project and outreach support for the Advice team.
Danielle Newman Danielle Newman – Danielle is currently working towards a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Southampton.  Her work focuses on how theories and models of public engagement are currently being applied to maritime archaeology. She is hopeful that her research will present a better picture of how to make maritime archaeology more accessible and people more engaged in their maritime heritage.  Prior to beginning PhD research she completed an MSc in Maritime Archaeology from the University of Southampton and a BSc in Archaeology from Cardiff University.  She also holds a BFA in Photography from the University of Saskatchewan, a field she is still passionate about at an avocational level. Danielle has worked on a variety of heritage public engagement programing, most recently as the volunteer coordinator for the Southampton Maritime Festival in 2013 and on the Maritime Archaeology Trust Maritime Bus.
Ian Gwinn Ian Gwinn – I am currently studying for my Ph.D in Department for Culture, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Liverpool. My research examines the role of the History Workshop movement in the development of critical and dissident forms of historical practice in Britain and West Germany from the late-1960s to the early-1990s. The aim of History Workshop was to democratise the study of the past by making those “hidden from history” not simply the objects of historical study but its writers too. Relatedly, I have also developed an interest in public history, heritage and the place of history in wider culture and society, which has led me to become co-founder and organiser of the Unofficial Histories conference.
 Claire Robinson Claire Robinson – Claire is currently completing her PhD thesis which has the title Popular Theatre in Manchester, 1880-1903 and investigates the networks managing the commercial theatres of central Manchester and the dominant genres of pantomime and variety theatre. She is a volunteer for Manchester Histories and is involved with the Remembering Strawberry Studios and Belle Vue: Showground of the World oral history projects. Currently, she is looking for opportunities to make use of her new skills in radio production. Before beginning her doctoral research Claire had a career in cinema and theatre management with a special interest in audience development.
Philip Crown Philip Crown – As a postgraduate student working at Liverpool John Moores my research focuses on Robert Story—a Conservative labouring-class writer from the north of Britain, his membership of the self-taught literary tradition, and his cross-class connections with established authors and poets. In its sustained focus on original archive material my project recovers Story’s reading and writing experiences, and contextualises his lifelong pursuit of culture and politics through a series of unpublished manuscripts. Working in the civil service alongside my research I understand how teamwork is an essential component in achieving shared goals. I recognise the importance of listening to community groups, and by sharing best practices I hope to contribute to outreach work promoted by this programme.
Steve Hollyman Steve Hollyman – I began my teaching career in 2011 at The Manchester Writing School. I have taught critical and creative modules including Writing Skills, Writing Practice, Prose Workshop, Creative Writing Workshop, and Approaches to Narrative, and I have also supervised creative dissertations. From 2008 to 2010 I worked for Merlin Entertainments Ltd, the world’s second largest leisure operator, where I edited the company’s weekly magazine and managed the intranet for all resorts and theme parks across Europe. I completed my MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, and went on to publish my first novel, Keeping Britain Tidy, in 2010.

I gained my PhD in 2013. My project (a creative/critical hybrid) examines the ways in which social networking sites can be used to tell fictional stories. My writing has appeared in various publications including The Routledge Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory (2nd ed., 2013),The Big Issue, Bewilderbliss (University of Manchester), Brand Literary Magazine (University of Greenwich) and Get Knotted (Staffordshire University).

When I’m not writing or working, you can find me playing guitar in the studio with my band.