This project aims to contribute to sustainable energy use by addressing communication-related challenges in the energy and culture sector through multidisciplinary discussions and activities.
This is a follow-on project from the AHRC-funded ‘Material Cultures of Energy’ project (MCE, 2014–2017), which examined how modern energy consumption transformed daily life during the 20th century.
It will engage with the process of communicating energy-related knowledge and information by collaborating with energy communicators in energy companies, government offices, community energy groups, museums and research organisations.
- Hiroki Shin, Research Fellow , Science Museum
- Ben Russell, Curator of Medical Engineering, Science Museum
- Prof Frank Trentmann, Professor of History, Birkbeck College, University of London
- Dr Heather Chappells, Lecturer, University of British Columbia,
- Dr Vanessa Taylor, Lecturer, University of Greenwich
- Dr Rebecca Wright, Lecturer, University of Northumbria
On 19 December, the project held its first knowledge exchange session on ‘object-based’ energy communication. The event was attended by partners/collaborators from BEIS, EDF Energy, Electricity North West, Carbon Co-op, Community Energy England, Museum of Science and Industry.
On 24 October, the project organised an energy quiz as part of ‘Power: Late’ at the Museum of Science & Industry. This event combined short talks on how energy has been promoted through the twentieth century through various communication media:
- Rebecca Wright (University of Northumbria) talked about ‘the music of electricity’ taking the example of Woody Guthrie’s 'Roll on Columbia'.
- Jan Hicks (Museum of Science & Industry) presented on the Manchester Corporation’s all-electric demonstration houses in the 1920s.
- Hiroki Shin's (Science Museum) talk introduced the ‘Battle for Fuel’ exhibition during the Second World War.