The public events are part of FIELD, a four-year research project (2018-2022) investigating the past, present and future of livestock disease. The University of Hull is one of six partners, working alongside the University of Lincoln, the University of Newcastle, Leeds Trinity University, the University of Glasgow, and the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), and funded by the Wellcome Trust.
This project, which focuses on livestock and farmers from across the North of England, brings together a team of social scientists, historians, artists, economists and epidemiologists from across the UK to explore how livestock disease is influenced by nature and culture, science and society, and by the actions of humans and livestock.
Professor Lewis Holloway, who leads the FIELD project at University of Hull, said:
“The Westwood livestock, which reside in an area surrounded by town life and traffic, are beloved by many residents for whom they represent a rare connection with rural life and the natural world.