WHO WE ARE
MEET THE TEAM BEHIND THE
WEATHER MEMORIES PROJECT
My research focuses on how individuals and scientific organisations understand weather and climate. I’ve previously looked at how weather is recorded in private diaries and have undertaken a number of interviews with individuals and organisations to see how they understand both ‘normal’ and ‘extreme’ weather. Much of my previous work has been based in India, so I’m looking forward to focussing a little closer to home!
After training as an artist and working in museums and galleries, I became a lecturer and researcher at King's College London. I have a passion for understanding how and why people remember the past in different ways. Most of my work at the moment relates to slavery and environmental disaster in the American Deep South, where extreme weather events are common, so I'm excited to be looking at our rather different memories of weather here in England. I live in Brighton, by the sea, so lots of my own memories have watery backdrops!
I am an artist who explores life through that which is unseen, portrayed as static or seemingly ephemeral. I am inspired by natural phenomena, the transformative nature of materials and academic methods. I will be developing part of the oral histories, creating an archive that holds these memories and producing an artwork that reflects on them. I’m really excited to learn about your memories of weather!
I am interested in connections between heritage and the environment, thinking about how weather impacts what we remember and how we remember. I’m keen to understand how weather shapes us, impacting on individual sense of self and collective identity and how this changes over time. What do our memories about weather tell us about our lives today? As someone who studies museums and archives, I’m also interested in how we can preserve memories and make them available to wider audiences in new and innovative ways.
My work focusses on how people become entrenched in their beliefs, how this leads to polarisation in society, and how this may be overcome. I also work closely with environmental scientists and policymakers to help them share research with the wider public. In 2016 I produced a documentary exploring the neuroscience and psychology behind entrenched views, and am also the co-creator of children’s radio series Climate Explorers.
I am interested in understanding how change is experienced and expressed through our memories of weather, and the way that we tell stories about significant weather moments, all the small interesting and mundane details that are included. On a more personal note, as a Kiwi in my third year of living in London, I am intrigued by a seemingly national preoccupation with the weather. Perhaps through this project, I will get a little bit closer to understanding what is meant by ‘English’ weather!
My PhD research is focused on gender, memory and genocide, so it’s a nice change to think about the weather! I'm really interested in how personal remembering and recounting interacts with identity, emotion, and our personal surroundings; how and why do we remember, share, and narrate our life stories in certain ways? I look after the digital arm of the project - come and say hi at @weathermemories on Instagram & twitter.
I work as an oral historian and playwright, in community projects, museums, theatre, television and radio. Memory is at the heart of most of what I do. My most recently performed play, The Sword of Alex, focused on the manipulation of memory to create national narratives. An oral history trainer, I am also very involved in the oral history of the environment and weather. I am interested in how and why memory changes over time – memory of weather in particular.