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December 02, 2021 00:34:07
The Web of Life

The Web of Life

How important is nature to us? How has our relationship with nature changed over time? What does the future hold? Through the lenses of birds and trees, The Louder Than Words podcast investigates how we talk and feel about the natural world at this time of environmental crisis. Professor Jules Pretty is joined in conversation by: Professor Sean Nixon, from the Department of Sociology, writer of Passions for Birds: Science, Sentiment and Sport to be published by McGill-Queen's University Press. The book explores the shifting relations with wild birds within Britain and the wider Atlantic world from the first decades of the twentieth century to the late 1970s. Dr James Canton, from the Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS), His most recent book is The Oak Papers, a meditation on the human need for connection with nature which reflects on the relationship with an ancient oak tree. ...

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October 20, 2021 00:18:42
Is Big Brother watching you?

Is Big Brother watching you?

In the latest episode of the Louder than Words Podcast, Professor Jules Pretty journalist Martha Dixon look at surveillance and the impact on our modern lives. Academics from the University of Essex explain how they are contributing to the debate; helping people understand their rights and also trying to work alongside innovators to explain the implications of their technology. Contributors include: Emmanuelle Andrews - Policy and Campaigns Officer at Liberty Professor Pete Fussey – Department of Sociology, University of Essex Dr Daragh Murray – Human Rights Centre and School of Law, University of Essex ...

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October 14, 2021 00:19:07
This is our planet

This is our planet

In the latest episode of the Louder than Words Podcast, Professor Jules Pretty journalist Martha Dixon look at sustainability – in what we eat – and how we use our land.  Academics from the University of Essex show us how they’re helping farmers meet our needs while saving the planet.  Contributors include: Professor Christine Raines, School of Life Sciences, University of Essex Archie Ruggles-Brise, Spains Hall Estate, Essex Dr Tom Cameron, Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, University of Essex Dr Patricia Lopez, Senior Research Officer, School of Life Sciences, University of Essex Kenny Brown, Research Technician, Univesity of Essex ...

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October 07, 2021 00:20:41
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Dealing with Disasters

How can we better prepare for disasters and how can we improve our response? Professor Jules Pretty from the University of Essex and journalist Martha Dixon speak to experts from the University of Essex and the organisations at the frontline of disaster response. Contributors: Professor Kelum Jayasinghe, Essex Business School, University of Essex Dr Alex Quiroz Flores, Department of Government, University of Essex Professor John Preston, Department of Sociology, University of Essex Anoja Seneviratne, Director (Mitigation Research & Development) Disaster Management Centre ...

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September 30, 2021 00:20:26
Marconi: unknown stories of the man who brought us wireless communication

Marconi: unknown stories of the man who brought us wireless communication

Listen to the latest episode of the Louder Than Words Podcast to discover the story of inventor and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi. Essex historians are now helping uncover new materials in the Marconi archive and finding new ways to engage the community in their discoveries. Professor Jules Pretty from the University of Essex and journalist Martha Dixon speak to historians and archivists about why this project is breaking new ground for archives and setting an example for others to follow. Contributors: Richard Anderson - Archive and Collections Lead at Essex Record Office Martin Astell - Essex Record Office Manager Lewis Smith - Research student Alan Pamphilon - Former Marconi engineer and local historian ...

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September 22, 2021 00:18:08
The Warner Textile Archive: Forgotten Pieces of Britain’s Industrial and Creative Past

The Warner Textile Archive: Forgotten Pieces of Britain’s Industrial and Creative Past

Listen to the latest episode of the Louder Than Words Podcast to discover the story of the Warner Textile Archive and how Essex historians are helping unlock the potential of the archive for designers and bringing it to life for the public. Find out more about Louder than Words  Professor Jules Pretty from the University of Essex and journalist Martha Dixon speak to historians and archivists plus top designers who love using Warner textiles. Warner and Sons once provided the luxury fabrics which decorated palaces and featured at royal weddings. The Warner Textile Archive is now the largest publicly owned collection from a luxury textile manufacturer in the UK. The Archive is housed in the original Warner & Sons mill in Braintree that was refurbished in 2004 to hold the significant collection. The collection comprises over 100,000 items, including designs on paper, hand woven textiles, printed textiles, business records, photographs and manufacturing equipment. At its height, Warner & Sons were producing fabric for royal weddings and funerals, and decorating palaces. The family business pioneered several textile manufacturing techniques that have never again been replicated. Contributors:  Dr Alix Green, from the Department of History at Essex, is overseeing a project to digitise the Warner Textile Archive. PhD student Samantha Woodward has helped the Warner Textile Archive to develop a framework for further research into core parts of the collection and looked at ways to engage with users in the future. Robert Rose is Museum Manager of the Warner Textile Archive. Sophie Jemma is Archivist at the Warner Textile Archive. Cassie Nicholas is an Interior Designer and Winner of the BBC Interior Design Masters programme who has used Warner Textiles. Adam Sykes, owner of heritage fabrics specialist Claremont which ...

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