Online masterclass 4 – Delivering events during COVID-19

Online masterclass 4 – delivering events during COVID-19

Thursday 8 October | 11:00 – 12:30

This Being Human masterclass will explore the practicalities of delivering a public engagement event and thinking through your audience’s experience on the day. This will include both online and socially distanced events, from setting up Zoom rooms and creating a friendly atmosphere, to post-event evaluation. We will also consider the public engagement landscape in light of COVID-19 and what events in November might look like.

The Being Human team will share tips on how to prepare in the lead up to your event in order to make sure things run smoothly on the day. Organisers from last year’s festival will also give flash talks that provide helpful insights from their previous events, as well as some of the lessons they have learned from adapting activities in 2020.

Throughout there will be opportunities to get involved in the conversation and ask questions. Attendees will also be emailed a masterclass pack full of helpful information and toolkits on the topic.

This event is aimed at those taking part in this year’s Being Human festival, but may also be of interest to those generally thinking about public engagement in the humanities.


  • Sarah Barnes is Public Engagement Manager at Queen Mary University of London. She has run several successful activities for the festival, including a joint hub last year with King’s College London entitled ‘This Time It’s Personal’.
  • Amy Carter is Public Engagement Manager at the University of Sheffield. Sheffield ran an incredibly popular Being Human hub in 2019 entitled ‘Myth, Dream, Love’ and Amy is leading on their new 2020 hub programme.
  • Professor Sarah Churchwell is the director of the Being Human festival. A prominent advocate for literature and the humanities, Sarah appears regularly in the media and writes for both academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Dr Michael Eades is manager and curator of the Being Human festival. He has also run numerous public engagement initiatives such as ‘Bloomsbury Festival in a Box’ which engaged socially isolated people with dementia.
  • Dr Victoria McGuinness is Head of Cultural Programming and Partnerships in the Humanities Division of the University of Oxford. Vicky has run a number of Being Human activities in previous years and will be taking part in the festival again in 2020.

Joining the event:

This event is free, but booking is required. It will be held online with details about how to join the virtual meet-up being circulated via email to registered attendees. The masterclass will begin at 11:00, but you will be able to join the event’s online waiting room from 10:30.


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