UWE Bristol research shown as 'milestones' during first ten years of the AHRC

Issue date: 26 January 2015


Projects by researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) feature as national milestones on the timeline recently launched by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The timeline has been created to celebrate the first decade of the hundreds of activities that AHRC has funded since it became a research council in 2005.

The timeline includes research into 3D printed ceramics and Egyptian Faience ceramic techniques by the Centre for Fine Print Research led by Professor Stephen Hoskins; the Family Names of the United Kingdom project led by Professors Richard Coates and Patrick Hanks, as well as a major bid won by UWE Bristol to become one of seven new Centres for Doctoral Training, 'the 3D3 consortium', in collaboration with the University of Plymouth and Falmouth University.

3D printed ceramics and Egyptian Faience ceramic techniques

As part of an AHRC-funded Knowledge Exchange project, researchers at the Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE Bristol have developed new methods for creating ceramics using 3D printing technology.

Following on from the initial project, Professor Hoskins received further funding to undertake a major investigation into a self-glazing 3D printed ceramic, inspired by ancient Egyptian Faience ceramic techniques. The team aims to develop a process that would enable ceramic artists, designers and craftspeople to print 3D objects in a ceramic material which can be glazed and vitrified in one firing - pushing the boundaries in ceramic research.

Family Names of the United Kingdom

The largest ever study of UK family surnames, the AHRC funded 'Family Names of the United Kingdom Project', carried out by the team at UWE Bristol, reached a key milestone with the completion of the first phase of the database with 45,000 surnames researched and explained in the summer of 2014. The full dictionary of surnames is due to be published by Oxford University Press in 2016. People will be able to find a wide range of information about each surname, including its linguistic, social and geographical origins, and its modern distribution

It is estimated that there are around 378,000 surnames in the UK with more than one bearer and the project has, for the last three years, been uncovering the origins, history and distribution of many of these and in doing so, is producing an extraordinary view on British history over the last thousand years.

Using published and unpublished resources dating from the 11th century onwards, including parish records, censuses and a huge database of 14th-century tax returns, the team, who have a wide range expertise in historical linguistics and onomastics, are collecting information about individual names, such as when and where they were recorded, and how they have been spelled.

3D3 Consortium - Centres for Doctoral Training

The 3D3 consortium is scheduled to run for five years and started in September 2014 with ten doctoral students across the three institutions, recruited per annum, in digital design, digital media and digital arts, including music and performance.

UWE's contribution draws on its existing strengths in design, media and the visual arts that are principally located in two established research centres: The Centre for Fine Print Research led by Professor Steve Hoskins and the Digital Culture Research Centre led by Mandy Rose.

AHRC's interactive timeline was launched on 11 January and gives an extraordinary insight into the research funded by the council over the past ten years.

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