BackADT chosen as community partners in MMU's 'Creating Our Future Histories' 2014-15

Ancoats Dispensary Trust are absolutely delighted to learn that they have been chosen as a community partner for the ‘Creating Our Future Histories' 2014 - 2015 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Skills Training Programme, in association with the Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research (IHSSR) of Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), commencing in September 2014.

Should any Ancoats Dispensary supporters, having read the details below and fully understanding and accepting of the substantial commitment required, happen to be interested in taking part alongside other ADT members, then please do come to talk to us at our Open Evening on Monday 7th July (19:00 - 21:00).

The following information is taken from the Institute of Humanities & Social Science Research.


The programme consists of a series of practice-led workshops and multidisciplinary peer-group activities designed to equip PhD students and early-career researchers from a whole range of Arts and Humanities disciplines (including History, English & Creative Writing, Human Geography, Information & Communication Studies, Film Studies and Art) with public engagement and research partnership-building skills. The aim of the programme is to set up actual partnerships with local community groups and organisations interested in excavating and recording their histories.

Our partners for this project will include:

The programme draws on the expertise of:

These groups will work in collaboration with additional experts in participative research, media representation and impact generation.

The individual workshops will focus on contact management, consultation and collaborative project design, media liaison, co-ownership of research results, as well as effective impact capture and evaluation.

The programme will be delivered as five workshops (including two two-day residential weekends) and a public exhibition event. The period between the workshops is dedicated to actual and virtual fieldwork, which will see the participants developing their partnerships with the community groups assigned to them.

Participants will consolidate their understanding of public engagement by working through online materials made available by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

Time schedule

Please note that to maximise access to the training, the workshops will run at weekends. The venue for the workshops will be the People’s History Museum:

  • Orientation Day (6 September 2014)
  • Workshop 1 (two-day residential: 27-28 September 2014)
  • Workshop 2 (two-day residential: 22-23 November 2014)
  • Workshop 3 (7 February 2015)
  • Workshop 4 (a Saturday in late March 2015, exact date TBC)
  • Public exhibition event (May 2015, exact dates TBC)
  • Workshop 5 (20 June 2015)