By the Rising tide of Humber: Flooding Andrew Marvell’s Hull in VR
AHRC/ XR Stories Creative Industries Cluster Programme Grant, Dr Stewart Mottram
Project dates: 2019-2020
‘Rising tide of Humber’ works across the humanities and sciences and in collaboration with creative industry partners, BetaJester Ltd, to recreate in virtual reality an historical flood of Hull from the time of poet Andrew Marvell, more than 400 years ago. Funded by the AHRC Creative Industries Cluster ‘XR Stories’, the project aims to bring together literature and climate change through technology.
Inspired by Marvell’s representations of flooding in his poetry, the team built a digital model of 17th-century Hull, using old maps and archival and archaeological evidence. This was then embedded into the Energy and Environment Institute’s flood model in order to test out how flood defences in 17th-century Hull would have fared against flooding of the kind experienced in the Humber in recent years - in effect, recreating a known ‘weather event’ from 400 years ago.
Read more about the Rising tide of Humber project, and watch a 360 film of the virtual flood.
Ref! Crossing the Line
Arts Council England/ Heritage Lottery Fund, Dr Sarah Jane Dickenson, in partnership with Space2, Rugby Football League, Red Ladder Theatre Company, and Commonsense Initiative (CSI)
Project dates: 2017-19 (phase 1), 2020-21 (phase 2).
Ref! is a community-inspired play based on the true story of Julia Lee - one of the first women rugby league referees in Britain to be in charge of men’s matches. The play is the catalyst for a larger collaborative project with Space2 – ‘Crossing the Line’ – to uncover and share the stories of women connected to Rugby League.
The project partners with Rugby League Clubs and Foundations based in Hull and West Yorkshire and takes interactive community workshops into those communities. A performance of the play Ref! at the Houses of Parliament (Jubilee room) is being sponsored by the All-Party Parliamentary Committee for Rugby League.
The Key: Engagement with child sexual exploitation and cultural memory
Lincolnshire City Council, Dr Sarah Jane Dickenson working with C. Mogg (Leader of Lincolnshire County Council Child Protection Unit) and V. Kerridge (Bishop Grosseteste University).
Project dates: 2018
The project involves working with the CSE Team and wider Social Services Teams in the County Council.
We All Rise
British Council, Dr Sarah Jane Dickenson
Project dates: 2017- 18
We All Rise evolved out of Hull Rises, which was part of the University programme for the City of Culture, 2017, working with the BBC and the British Council, Kraków, Poland.
Risky Cities: Living with water in an uncertain future climate
AHRC/SPF UK Climate Resilience Programme, Dr Briony McDonagh (PI), Dr Stewart Mottram (Co-I)
Project dates: August 2020-July 2022
The Risky Cities project draws on Hull’s long history of living with water – as recorded in its artistic, literary, and cultural heritage – as a means of engaging communities living in flood risk areas today.
Mottram leads one of the project’s three work packages: Fictions of Flooding, exploring the poetry, prose, drama and (more recently) news media that have arisen alongside, and in response to, the experience of loving with water in Hull, from the early medieval period to the present day.
Read more about the Risky Cities project.