Bringing the Rowntree Leisure Time Interviews to Life

Bringing the Rowntree Leisure Time Interviews to Life

Image of a man and two women on a boat with their backs to the camera, the women blowing a white cloth which is blowing in the wind.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, explored innovative ways of engaging online audiences with archive material in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

You can explore the Online Exhibition for the project HERE.

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