Telling the Bees is an interdisciplinary arts and humanities research project (Feb 2017 - Jan 2018) between Universities of York, Sheffield and Lancaster, working with GrowTheatre (Sheffield) and Explore York Libraries & Archives. Telling the Bees aims to develop and promote understanding and new ways of thinking about bees and beekeeping through design, drama, and digital making. It builds on the outputs of a previous project that worked with beekeepers, storytelling and designers in Scotland.

Project Team

Debbie Maxwell (Principal Investigator, University of York)

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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. Source

Toby Pillatt (Co-Investigator, University of Sheffield)

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Toby is a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield. His background is in landscape archaeology, focusing on human-environment relations in post-medieval Britain. Subjects of interest include the landscape history of trees and woodlands, archaeologies of weather, and the transformative potential of researching community heritage.

Liz Edwards (Co-Investigator, Lancaster University)

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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. Source

Rachel Newman (Community Co-Investigator, GrowTheatre)

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Rachel is joint founder and Co-Artistic Director of Growtheatre, a new Community Interest Company formed in 2012. Despite the company being brand new, the founders, Rachel Newman and Sophie Hunter, have been creating theatre together since 1998, when they met on the staff team at the Crucible Youth Theatre. Growtheatre has been born out of 14 years worth of experience of working with young people and adults in community and education settings. Source

Dave Fleming (Community Co-Investigator, York Explore Libraries & Archives)

Dave is currently a Community Arts officer for City of York Council, who are dedicated to keeping York safe, and maintaining a good community in York.

Amy Cornforth - University of York

Amy Cornforth is a undergraduate Film and Television Production student currently studying in the Theatre, Film and Television department in the University of York.