Bringing the Rowntree Leisure Time Interviews to Life
Image from the holiday pages in the Rowntree company’s Cocoa Works Magazine, Autumn 1962 (Source: The Rowntree Society)
We are excited to be working with writer, director and PhD researcher Rachel Feldberg and the Borthwick Institute for Archives on a new project to create innovative digital performances inspired by the mass-observation-style interviews which informed Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree’s seminal 1951 study English Life and Leisure.
The project, funded by a Jane Moody Scholarship from the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York, will investigate innovative ways of engaging online audiences with archive material in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The digital media created from the project will be shared via a live launch event in September 2021.