‘Science at the Seaside’: Experiential Learning and Public Engagement
Writing and place is obviously a key part of the MALLE course. For the last two years, one of the MALLE tutors, Dr Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi, has been leading a public engagement project (with a colleague from the University of Exeter), which has worked with schools and museums in Devon to give a specific regional slant on writing the environment. The project, ‘Science at the Seaside: Pleasure Hunts in North Devon’, seeks to introduce a range of groups to rich history of nineteenth-century literary and scientific writing about the North Devon coast, and the role of figures like Charles Kingsley, George Henry Lewes and Philip Gosse; it was inspired by one of the field-work opportunities with regional heritage organisations on her MALLE module, Writing the West Country. You can read more here about the project and her experiences on it.