School of History & Heritage Symposium and Exhibition

H&H final poster

A free, open to the public, exhibition will be taking place in the Gallery space of the University’s Art, Architecture & Design Building from the 21 September to 2 October.

The exhibition in Project Space Plus includes 17th-century books about China from the Wren Library, Lincoln Cathedral, and chinoiserie chairs, lamps, a leather screen, and samples of chinoiserie wallpaper from the Queen Mother’s State Apartment at Kensington Palace.  The exhibit also features artefacts of the tea trade, as well as 20th-century replicas of the famous Chinese terracotta soldiers.

A free academic symposium, booking required, will take place in the historic Lincoln Cathedral, within the Wren Library on 24 September.

Symposium Speakers include:

Members of Crick Smith University of Lincoln, Maker Lab & Lincoln Technology Hub: Soldiering On:  The Crick-Smith Conservation Effort

Dr Yupin Chung, University of Glasgow:  ThE TrAnquility of Mind

Professor Marcos Martinón-Torres, UCL:  The making of the Terracotta Army: technological knowledge and organisation

Dr Will Poole, New College, Oxford: 17th-century British sinology

Dr Anna Marie Roos, University of Lincoln: Diego de Pantoja and 17th-century conceptions of lunar voyages

Professor Paul Stephenson, University of Lincoln, will introduce the proceedings.

Symposium booking:
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to be discussed

MA Fine ARt

to be discussed’ is the title for the thought-provoking 2015 MA Fine Art Exhibition, open in the Project Space Plus gallery at the University of Lincoln from 9th until 18th September.

It is the work of four artists completing their MA degrees this year. Elizabeth Wright, Malynda Umland, Eleni Zevgaridou and Michael Wilde are showing how they have worked independently to portray issues of emotional and social experience in the complex collective and individual struggles we face as we move forward in our lives.

Elizabeth processes material repetitively to assimilate new realities of human experience and extend enquiry into emotion and the pain of loss.

Malynda examines the personal conflict between desire and postponement in a protracted emotional struggle to plan a family with all the sacrifice and denial it entails.

Through sculpture, Eleni examines body language and human nature in a social context. Her work demonstrates coexistence, relationships, loneliness, tolerance and prejudice.

Michael’s work shows only brief glimpses of images in order to reduce the possibility of reinterpretation. A viewer may respond to one or two of them as being of thoughtful or emotional significance.

The artists have produced contemporary work showing a diversity of self-expression reflecting the human psyche and personal struggle.

As the title suggests they are providing material for deep thinking, personal consideration and future debate.

9th-18th Sept // 9am-4pm, Mon to Sat // Project Space Plus, AAD Building, University of Lincoln 

Summer School offers filmmakers a taste of the silver screen

A group of budding filmmakers, together with their friends, families and tutors, celebrated the production of four imaginative short films with a glittering premiere screening at the University of Lincoln, UK.

The event marked the conclusion of the inaugural Film Production Summer School, which was hosted by the University of Lincoln’s School of Film & Media.

Film School

Running for two weeks in July 2015, the Summer School included a packed schedule of fieldtrips, masterclasses delivered by University lecturers and industry leading lights, and an intensive film production programme.

The students worked in small groups to write, produce and edit original short films in response to the brief, ‘Lincoln – In My Dreams’. The finished productions, together with a film which documented the entire Summer School, were then presented to a live audience on Friday 31st July.


The Summer School, which was the first of its kind in Lincoln – focusing on the key aspects of film production including script-writing, production, directing, cinematography, sound and post production – was led by Senior Lecturer in the Lincoln School of Film & Media, Brian Hall.

Brian said: “We are delighted with the success of Lincoln’s first Film Production Summer School. The UK is home to one of the most exciting film industries in the world, and our Summer School represented a valuable opportunity for young filmmakers looking to take their first steps in the industry. The students were aged from 18-24 and they joined us from all over the UK, the Channel Islands and Ireland, and even from Switzerland. They enjoyed access to the University’s state-of-the-art facilities and were able to work in small groups to bring their visions to life in the form of four fantastic short films.

“They truly embraced the philosophy of the Summer School; above all realising the fun you can have while you learn. It really brought out and showcased their creativity, and it was great to be able to celebrate this with their families at the end of the programme.”


The students were mentored by Brian throughout the programme, and supported by University of Lincoln students Josh Howarth and Matthew Ware. The Lincoln team also accompanied the young filmmakers on industry field trips to the BBC studios at Media City in Salford, the Coronation Street set in Manchester, the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studios in London, and the National Film & Television School (NFTS) in Beaconsfield.


At the NFTS, the students learnt from Brian Tufano, who is recognised as one of the UK’s leading cinematographers. Brian Tufano began his career with Brian Hall at the BBC, and went on to work extensively with Danny Boyle on films including Trainspotting and A Life Less Ordinary. In 2001, he won the BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television.

Student Chloe Abraham completed the programme. She said: “This Summer School is no holiday; you will be working late at night and waking up early in the morning. But the skills, friends and experience you gain are worth every single moment.”

LSFM at Edinburgh Fringe Film Festival


Cinematech, a film by some of our 2014 LSFM graduates, has been selected to be shown at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of the 2nd annual Nightpiece Film Festival. 2,101 films were submitted from 23 different countries with only 54 selected! The team involved in creating this film were: Daniel Brown (Director), Dominic Brabbs (Producer), Oliver Webber (Sound Operator), Jack Cherrington (Cinematographer) and Adam Gilbey (Editor).

Film synopsis:

“Independent cinemas in the UK have always struggled against mainstream chains and the impact of new technologies has made this fight even harder. Cinematech is a short documentary that investigates this problem in the UK cinema industry”.

Director Daniel Brown says: “It’s an amazing opportunity to showcase our work to a different audience and alongside a fantastic line up of indie films.”

Check out Cinematech in the Nightpiece Film Festival trailer:

You can buy tickets for the festival on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website.

Lincoln team publish monograph on the Holocaust and Hiroshima


Researchers Professor Jane Chapman, Adam Sherif and Dan Ellin, based in the College of Arts, have produced a second book as part of their AHRC funded project Comics and the World Wars: A Cultural Record. The monograph Comics, the Holocaust and Hiroshima explores the relationship between comics as a cultural record, historiography, memory and trauma studies.

The authors of this publication break new ground by arguing that comics have a dual role as sources of cataclysm between 1939 and 1945: first for historians to gauge awareness of the Holocaust and second through close analysis, of Paroles d’Etoiles in Vichy France and Barefoot Gen in Hiroshima, as testimonies of childhood emotions, experiences and memories.

Calling for an extension of the range of source material relating to persecution, genocide and the atomic bomb from 1939 to 1945, comics are posited as an agent to build on the scholarship of New Cultural History, historiography, memory and trauma studies. These interdisciplinary fields connect through the shared ground of cultural record. Chapman, Sherif and Ellin argue that the comics form is a flexible one with potential to explore the space between reality and representation. Visuals work as iconic translations while narrative structure relies on readers’ mental contribution.

The monograph is part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Pivot series The Holocaust and Its Contexts. For further details visit their website.

For more information on the comics project and other publications see their blog.