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  • Funder: UKRI Project Code: 509979
    Funder Contribution: 80,236 GBP
    Partners: UU

    To develop a Smart Data Mining System for inclusion within the current and future range of machines. This will provide vital design and performance information for designers and users of the equipment.

  • Funder: UKRI Project Code: AH/E500331/1
    Funder Contribution: 5,514 GBP
    Partners: UU

    Context of proposed activites\n\nNorthern Ireland has been constructed and represented by our collecting institutions is an important and valuable subject and one that will raise questions about the purpose of museums and galleries. These workshops will investigate the ideological foundations of our museums and their collections. They will investigate how Northern Ireland identity was constructed and represented through these collections. It will then use this knowledge to consider the nature of our institutions in the contemporary context.\n\nAims and objectives\n\n1. To acknowledge and explore the impact collections have on understanding and \n constructing place.\n2. To interrogate the idea of Northern Ireland constructed and embedded through\n museums and collections.\n3. To examine the role of collections in the representation of contemporary Northern \n Ireland\n\nWider significance and benefits\n\nFor a number of reasons, these workshops of this nature are especially pertinenty for Northern Ireland at this time. In the first place, the management of heritage and museum services in Northern Ireland is currently being reconsidered through the Review of Public Administration. Secondly, during 2006-8 the Ulster Museum will be closed for refurbishment and redisplay. This is the most significant redisplay in the history of the museums and therefore an ideal opportunity then to evaluate the public service. Finally, there has been a growth in Northern Ireland of collecting activity amongst community groups, who are attempting to represent their own histories and experiences through collections and exhibitions. These workshops will be an opportunity to actually evaluate this activity and ask questions about its role in the representation of Northern Ireland. These three points make this an ideal time to discuss how our museum collections represent Northern Ireland.\n\nAs well as being an important topic for historical reviewa nd critique, contemporary approaches to museums and galleries have made this an essential topic for further investigations. Reports arising from the museum and cultural sectors that consider issues such as inclusion (GLLAM 2000), social justice (Scottish Museums Council 1999), tolerance and democracy (CLMG 2005) are particularly pertinent in the Northern Ireland context and need to be discussed in relation to how we should plan for our museums. It is essential that we consider the relevance of our established collections within the context of this new thinking about museums. Furthermore, we must also debate how we might add to our collections to better represent the diversity of identities and interpretations of place that exist in contemporary Northern Ireland.

  • Funder: UKRI Project Code: 2506854
    Partners: UU

    This project focuses on the Irish adaptation of the French 'Queste del Saint Graal', entitled 'Lorgaireacht an tSoidhigh Naomhtha', supposedly written between the 14th and 15th centuries. Very few studies focus on the latter, and apart from the modern editor's commentaries, no scholars attempted an in-depth comparison between the French and the Irish texts, the first being the second's supposed source. The distinctive characteristic of the Lorgaireacht an tSoidhigh Naomhtha lies in the evidence of it being the sole adaptation of already known and wide-spread European Arthurian material. Other vernacular Arthurian texts are found in Ireland and depict similar motifs as in the European Arthurian versions, but in the case of these five vernacular Irish texts we cannot be sure of their ultimate source as opposed to that of the Lorgaireacht. Moreover, the Lorgaireacht presents an unique literary product, as no other adaptations of texts from the Lancelot-Prose Cycle survive in Irish. One can infer from this that it had an important status in the eyes of the compiler to be given such attention. The religious aspect of the French text is even more prominent in the Irish text, and the first purpose of its adaptation resides in its didactic message and examples of good Christian behaviour. Through the examination of the Irish and French manuscript tradition of these texts, this study aims to look at the source of the adaptation and try to understand how an Irish adaptation of a French Arthurian text was made possible. Considering the highly important influence of the French language and culture in Ireland since the second half of the 12th century, and the archaic features that the text presents, an earlier composition date cannot be disregarded, and evidence for this will be examined as well. Furthermore, the study aims to look at the exegesis present in the Irish text and compare it to the French and English texts, the latter of which was composed by Thomas Mallory during the 15th century. This overview of the Irish exegesis will provide us with an understanding of the adaptation process of the Lorgaireacht an tSoidhigh Naomhtha.

  • Funder: UKRI Project Code: 509921
    Funder Contribution: 48,400 GBP
    Partners: UU

    To develop a new technology platform to offer access to mental health screening and support to employees of companies at risk of secondary traumatic stress as their job involves curating disturbing digital media

  • Funder: UKRI Project Code: 2506857
    Partners: UU

    The aim of the project is to examine both written and oral petitions made by the poor of Ulster to various charitable organisations and individuals during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It seeks not just to comprehend which groups of society felt the need to resort to this course of action, and what conditions and challenges led them to it. It also looks more deeply at the petitions themselves, in an attempt to draw out the voices of the poor and foreground their individual, lived experiences of poverty as they described it. The research will explore what made petitions successful through an analysis of the strategies, language and rhetorical devices used, and any recurring themes which arise.