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PATINA: Personal Architectonics Through INteractions with Artefacts

TheĀ PATINAĀ project aims to revolutionise the design of technologies for supporting research. It was awarded by theĀ Engineering and Physical Sciences Research CouncilĀ (EPSRC) and theĀ Arts and Humanities Research CouncilĀ (AHRC) through theĀ RCUK Digital Economy programmeĀ and will run for three years from June 2010. The project is designed to be transformative in terms of research practice. Continue reading →

Pleasure, politics and war: The role of Charles IIā€™s yachts

Charles II was the first English king to own and race yachts. Their interiors were decorated to mimic many aspects of the king's state apartments and they were equipped with cannon - as such they were a symbol of royal authority. However, these yachts were more than a recreational diversion: they were leant to ambassadors and when necessary fought alongside the warships of the Royal Navy. Continue reading →

Cantum Pulcriorem Invenire

The Latin song of the period c 1170 to c 1320, called conductus by contemporary authors, was composed and cultivated in both monophonic and polyphonic forms. Unlike its contemporary genres, the motet and organum, it was not based on any pre-existing musical or poetic material. The conductus may thus be recognised as the first coherent repertory of polyphonic music that was entirely composed ā€“ poetry and music ā€“ for the first time. Continue reading →

Ways of Seeing the English Domestic Interior, 1500-1700: the case of decorative textiles

Catherine Richardson from the Canterbury Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies has secured funding from the AHRC for a research network that will investigate peoplesā€™ experience of household life in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries ā€“ the time in which Shakespeare was writing ā€“ and consider how we might use this information to enhance our experience of visiting historic properties in the twenty-first century. Continue reading →