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Communicating Time and Culture

Championing a global perspective in science and technology through public engagement in collaboration with the University of Leicester, CTC aims to explore how museum-based public history projects and events contribute towards cross-cultural exchange and understanding between the UK and China.

This project is a follow-on from the AHRC-funded project ‘Time Culture Identity: the co-creation of historical research and co-development of visitor experience in China and the UK (TCI). CTC is also working closely with the current Zimingzhong exhibition at the Science Museum.

Aims and objectives

Communicating Time and Culture is designed to showcase the historical UK-China clock trade as an important case study of global technological transmission and build on our contemporary transnational understanding of the creative industries in the UK and China. It will do so by organizing public history projects that encourage people to participate in historical research and raise awareness about the significance of British-Chinese creative collaborations in the past and present. By working with creative practitioners to develop cross cultural interpretations of historical clocks, and documenting these collaborations, CTC will broaden and expand TCI’s research findings on cross-cultural audience interpretation and cross-cultural research with British and Chinese partners. 

The project strives to foster audience interpretation through interactive cultural events by delivering a series of exciting public facing activities such as a musical performance, poetry slam and game jam. CTC will produce knowledge of transnational and cross-cultural research with new stakeholders through co-producing content with artists and performers that focuses on creative and cross-cultural responses to TCI’s findings. These insights will then be captured by post-event audience research reports, researched and compiled by our Research Assistant, with help from associates and volunteers.  

Project team