July 3, 2017
Professor Paul Carr has been awarded funds from the AHRC to take part in this year’s Being Human Festival. The UK wide festival takes place between November 17th – 25th and deals with the broad theme of ‘lost and found’. During the week of activities professor Carr is working in partnership with stakeholders such as First Campus, Merthyr Tydfil Libraries, Theatre Soar and a number of local schools to bring alive the ‘lost history’ of popular music in Merthyr Tydfil, between the years 1955 to 1975. After collecting the memories of the community who witnessed the music first hand, the project proceeds to facilitate school children to recreate the memories via dramatic interpretations. These interpretations will be showcased in Theatre Soar on November 25th to the general public, alongside community interviews and digital recordings. Alongside six other projects from around the UK, the initiative was chosen to be showcased at Senate House in London on June 26th.
After the Being Human week is complete, professor Carr then begins planning for a month long exhibition at Merthyr Town Hall (The Red House), between January 25th – February 24th 2018. The Exhibition showcases the lost musical history of Merthyr Tydfil.
Read Prof. Carr’s blog post about his talk at the Being Human Festival event on June 26 here.