Case studies

Case studies

If you want to be part of Being Human 2020 you might find it useful to read through our case studies that are written by organisers from previous festivals. They discuss lessons learned along the way as well as tips and tricks for putting on a public engagement event. Organisers from the 2019 festival were asked to write their case studies based around topics that align with our training resources. We recommend that you read these alongside the corresponding resource.

2018 case studies


Ladies of quality wikithon

Foundling Museum (Open Call pathway)


Singing les roastbeef

British Academy (Open Call pathway)


Poetry against slavery

Birkbeck, University of London (Open Call pathway)


Living in Ice Age Hackney

Queen Mary University of London (Hub Award pathway)


From the source to the sea

Newcastle University (Hub Award pathway)


The sisterhood of the ring

University of Sheffield (Small Award pathway)


Stories from El Salvador

School of Advanced Study, University of London (Small Award pathway)


Weaving women’s stories

School of Advanced Study, University of London (Small Award pathway)


Canterbury tales

Canterbury Christ Church University (Small Award pathway)


Really? A dig on a council estate

University of Lincoln (Open call pathway)

2017 case studies


Ruin and rebuild

Birkbeck, University of London (Open call pathway)


Archives weekend

National Army Museum (Open call pathway)


British wrestling: history and resurgence

De Montfort University (Small Award pathway)


Recollecting popular music memories in Merthyr Tydfil

University of South Wales (Small Award pathway)


Voices, faces and places

Swansea University (Hub Award pathway)


Finding Mr Hart

School of Advanced Study, University of London (Small Award pathway)


Emotional objects: from lost amulets to found photos

Queen Mary University of London (Small Award pathway)


Found Theatre and Poetry: Disrupting the Everyday

University of Westminster (Small Award pathway)


Babbling beasts

University of Birmingham (Small Award pathway)


Leather at lunchtime

University of Northampton (Small Award pathway)

2016 case studies


Martian autopsy

University of Dundee (Hub Award pathway)


International London: walking tours

Birkbeck, University of London (Small Award pathway)


FRIGHTFriday: the art and science of hope and fear

University of Oxford (Small Award pathway)


Against prejudice: Ira Aldridge in Coventry 1828

University of Warwick (Small Award pathway)


Twenty years on: Manchester and the IRA bomb

University of Salford (Small Award pathway)


Night at the library: books of hope and fear

Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study (Small Award pathway)


Queer and the state

The National Archives (Small Award pathway)