About

Material Witness is an interdisciplinary training programme for the interrogation of physical objects, spaces and environments by humanities researchers. This website features posts and discussions from the programme’s participants and organisers.

The programme’s main aim is to provide training for PhD students and early career researchers in techniques and methods for examining the material world. We aim to encourage researchers who come from different disciplines and backgrounds and who study diverse time periods, pre-modern and modern, to share ideas about the relationships between materials and meaning. The programme also promotes collaboration across (and beyond) the spectrum of humanities disciplines through the study of materiality. We want to take you on a thought-provoking journey through the sensory, social, economic and emotional aspects of peoples’ past and present interactions with the material world.

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Training Events

Book as Object
 

Book as Object

Wednesday 3rd February 2016

Material and the Body
 

Material and the Body

Tuesday 10th May 2016

Living
 

Living

Tuesday 17th May 2016

Seeing
 

Seeing

Tuesday 24th May 2016

Upcoming Event: Tuesday 17th May

Living

Living spaces are a foundational aspect of our material experience, so vital that it’s easy to take them for granted. The Weald and Downland Museum preserves and utilises homes from across time to present evolving living spaces. This workshop with Dr Catherine Richardson will encourage new approaches to living spaces past and present, to understand how different approaches to homes can help our understanding of how they may have been used, and evolved. It will have a virtual element which aims to encourage discussion about how to investigate and record the physical, temporal, social and emotional relationships people have with household space.

Material Witness Blog

Visit the Material Witness blog to read contributions from this programme's participants and organisers, with reflections on the workshops, insights into their own research and discussions on material culture.

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