Bloomsbury Festival in a Box: Opening the First Archive

The First Box: Earlier this week a plain, slightly damp cardboard box was delivered to my office. Whilst hardly looking like anything to get excited about, I knew that this was in fact a very important package indeed. It was nothing less than the first ‘output’ of my research project: the first (albeit very ‘prototype’)… Continue reading Bloomsbury Festival in a Box: Opening the First Archive

Festival in a Box: sharing knowledge on dementia and the arts

 Project Dissemination: As the Bloomsbury Festival in a Box Project moves towards its dissemination stages, we are opening up the ‘archives of engagement’ that have developed over the course of the project via a number of outlets. The first of these is a knowledge share day at the School of Advanced Study, which will bring together leading practitioners… Continue reading Festival in a Box: sharing knowledge on dementia and the arts

The Bloomsbury Festival, or the Bloomsbury Fair?

It’s the Bloomsbury fair, not the Bloomsbury Festival!’ Such was the reaction of one of my research participants upon our arriving at her flat with the Bloomsbury ‘Festival in a Box’ a couple of weeks ago.  This participant is now in her late nineties and has lived in central Bloomsbury since the Second World War.… Continue reading The Bloomsbury Festival, or the Bloomsbury Fair?

Bloomsbury Festival in a Box: Looking Back on ‘National Storytelling Week’

It was ‘National Storytelling Week’ last week (1st-8th Feb). If nothing else, this meant that there was a welcome focus in the national press on the therapeutic and social importance on the act of storytelling, and on what it means to form narratives and communicate them to others. Given the narrative focus of the Festival… Continue reading Bloomsbury Festival in a Box: Looking Back on ‘National Storytelling Week’

Festival in a Box: Dementia, the Counterculture, and Surrealism

  One of my favourite Christmas gifts this year was a copy of Barry Miles’s book London Calling: a countercultural history of London since 1945. It’s a very good book to read on the tube—whilst squashed up in communal but often uncomfortable proximity to one’s fellow citizens—but also a wonderful book to read if you… Continue reading Festival in a Box: Dementia, the Counterculture, and Surrealism

Festival in a Box: Reflecting on the G8 Summit on Dementia

  Dementia has been in the news in a big way over the past week. Tuesday saw the first ever G8 Dementia Summit opening in London with a headline grabbing promise from David Cameron to double funding for dementia research by 2025. This follows similar promises of urgent action on dementia put forward last year… Continue reading Festival in a Box: Reflecting on the G8 Summit on Dementia