Telling the Bees is an interdisciplinary project working with Tay Landscape Partnership (TayLP) to develop new understandings of beekeeping practices through ‘future folklore’ for new and future generations of beekeepers. The future folklore prototypes will be a community resource and also a probe for academic communities, prompting questions on the role of folklore, literature, tacit knowledge, and traditional ecological knowledge structures. The project runs from April 2015 until March 2016.
Dr. Toby PillattCo-Investigator
Toby is a Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia and Visiting Researcher at the University of Sheffield. Toby is a landscape archaeologist with a background in post-medieval landscapes in Britain, the intersections between art and archaeology, and how the process of researching community heritage can help transform the present. In addition to his work on Telling the Bees, he is currently researching tree health and the structure of rural tree populations from 1550 to 2015, as well as social haunting in former mining communities on the South Yorkshire coalfield.
Dr. Deborah MaxwellPrincipal Investigator
Debbie is a lecturer in design at Theatre, Film and Television at University of York. Debbie’s research considers the way that people interact with and reshape technology and the roles that storytelling can play across media. Past research includes her ethnographic doctoral research working with traditional professional storytellers in Scotland, mobile digital interpretation projects in rural Northumberland, and the design of digital tools to facilitate and encourage serendipitous encounters in research.
Dr. Niamh DowningCo-Investigator
Niamh is Senior Lecturer in English at Falmouth University. Her research is in 20th and 21st century literature, particularly in the field of literary geographies, environmental discourse, and spatial practice.
Liz is a designer and PhD student based in HighWire Centre for Doctoral Training at Lancaster University. Her interests include the design of digital-nature hybrid technologies to support engagement with the natural world. Her research involves the use of a values-led design process drawn from critical theory of technology.
Morvern is a freelance multi-disciplinary artist and designer based in Edinburgh who participates in projects across the U.K. and abroad. Her practice spans from sculpture to photography, from textiles to digital fabrication and more often than not is derived from an intimate knowledge of both material and process.
Dr Rebecca Marsland
Dr. Ewan Campbell
Dr. Michelle Bastian
In a much belated post, our second workshop took place in August 2015 and built on the stories and ideas generated in our first workshop. The day kicked off with […]
How Much Honey Does a Beespoon Hold?: TayLP Fruit Festival If you’ve been following the progress of Telling the Bees over the past year, you’ll know that we (a few […]
Telling the Bees invites people from different backgrounds (beekeepers, storytellers, designers, environmental humanity scholars and many more!) to share knowledge and experience at our final Telling the Bees event in […]