CMNH partners with a range of other Higher Education institutions, research centres and research groups. Among these are:
The centre is a member of the European Research Network ‘The European Observatory on Memory’, (EUROM) based at the University of Barcelona’s Solidarity Foundation. EUROM works to promote and develop interdisciplinary research projects that explore the construction of public memory in Europe, contribute to the analysis and management of political memory, and that advocate for citizens’ involvement in the use and interpretation of memorial heritage.
In 2015 Dawson, Noakes and Michail, together with Post Graduate Researchers Alfaro and Sadikovic were invited to Barcelona to present on the work at CMNH and to participate in a research workshop with other network members. IN 2017 CMNH partnered with EUROM in organising a symposium at the Imperial war museum, London, on The Bombings of Barcelona and London: Memories of a Shared History.
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Networking Scheme, the Teaching and Learning War research network brings together EU and international researchers and stakeholders, from a range of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds, to explore young people’s engagement with and receptivity to the cultural memory messages of the two world wars from an international comparative perspective. Led by Dr Catriona Pennell (History, University of Exeter) and Dr Mark Sheehan (Education, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) the network is based on the premise that while study of memory and war remembrance has intensified in recent years, the way young people engage with the cultural messages about these seminal historical events is largely unexplored. Interrogating the practices of teaching and learning about war remembrance has the potential to illuminate how memories of war are shaped.
CMNH is planning work with the Uses of the Past Programme on projects related to the politics of the past. These currently include: history, memory and heritage, globalisation and identity, the Northern Ireland Conflict and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. In 2017 Professor Dawson visited Aarhus to participate in a research workshop on Northern Ireland. We are currently exploring the possibility of an Erasmus bid to find networking and exchange activities for staff and students attached to both institutions.
CMNH in collaboration with Falls Community Council, West Belfast, has won a TECHNE/AHRC Doctoral Partnership Award providing full funding for a PhD studentship to work in and on the Dúchas Oral History Archive at FCC. The award is currently being set up, to start October 2018. For further details of the project and the collaboration, see here.
CMNH have partnered this Heritage Lottery Funded project which is designed to preserve and represent the history of the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, as the old buildings are demolished, through collected objects and stories. These will form the core of a number of presentations and displays for staff, patients and visitors to the hospital across 2017/19.
CMNH and the Centre for Life Histories and Life Writing Research work together to run an Annual Post Graduate Conference each June. Attended by post graduate and early career researchers from around the globe, past conferences have included:
2008-09: Memories Narratives and Histories
2009–10: Public Lives, Private Lives; New Research Across the Disciplines
2010-11: The Emotions in History, Memory and Storytelling
2011-12: Working with Narrative, Memory and Life History: A Postgraduate Afternoon for Sharing Projects, Skills and Job Experiences
2013-14: Researching Uniqueness: How life history research entails singular questions and special outcomes.
2014-15: Internationalism of Life History Research
2015-16: Subversive Histories for Public Cultures. The politics of life history research
In 2017 our post graduate research conference explores 'Life History and Life Writing: Critical and Creative Approaches'.
CMNH also has links with the following international and national research networks and research centres: The Centre for Black Atlantic Research (University of Central Lancashire); Oral History in Higher Education Network (University of Warwick); The Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network (Columbia University, USA); British Association of Irish Studies Network (University of Salford); European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (University of Leuven).
We also work with the Gateways to the First World War AHRC Public Engagement Centre, working with community groups and heritage organisations on events and projects concerned with the centenary of the First World War. Dr Sam Carroll is Community Heritage Researcher.