A Bit Lit
As much of the world went into lockdown in spring 2020, Andy Kesson’s A Bit Lit provided a platform for research and creativity, championing the brilliant arts and knowledge-making going on in the world right now across different sectors, time periods and disciplines in an informal, fun fashion.
This website hosts conversations, talks, Q&As, readings and creative work from interesting people. Explore the A Bit Lit library of conversation between researchers, performers, creatives, and makers of all sorts, where we discuss what it means to think about history, culture, and creativity. A Bit Lit also makes videos driven by the passion of research and creative practice that are directed at all learners interested in exploring these questions at home.
Working with heritage and collections
Dustin Frazier Wood works closely with cultural heritage organisations and the communities in which they operate to promote public and academic engagement with archive, library and museum collections, and to make collections more accessible both physically and digitally. Dustin works closely with Spalding Gentlemen’s Society (SGS), Britain’s oldest provincial learned society and second-oldest museum. Alongside research projects, exhibitions, public engagement activities, conservation, digitisation and volunteer coordination at SGS, Dustin collaborates with the Fenland Heritage Network, and Museum Development East Midlands, to provide training and consultancy for heritage collections throughout the Midlands and beyond.
Dustin also spearheads Roehampton’s collaboration with the University of the 3rd Age (u3a) and leads projects that bring u3a members together with heritage collections for research-based projects. Recent examples of u3a collaboration include
- The Stukeley Memoirs Project, in which u3a and SGS members are transcribing and researching a five-volume manuscript account of the history of the Royal Society in the 18th century in order to produce an open access digital edition: the first edition in the public domain and a key resource for the history of science and the international Republic of Letters.
- Travelling Plants, funded by The National Archives, in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Library and Archives, in which u3a members are transcribing, researching and encoding the first of Kew’s Record Books, a vital but little-known resource for the global history of plants.