Plymouth City Museum provided the perfect location for Plymouth Law School’s interactive exhibition showcasing current sustainability research projects on the four key themes of sustainability of local interest to Plymouth and the South West.
Brought to life with screen and poster presentations, visual and computerised imagery, photographs, and museum objects, visitors explored Plymouth’s past and future through quizzes and computer games.
Plymouth’s Criminal Past 1860-1920 (Social Sustainability)
A focus on those who policed Plymouth in the past and dealt with anti-social behaviour. Plymouth adopted a form of ‘zero tolerance policing’ long before the 1990s to tackle the problems of drunkenness, prostitution and gambling. What happened to those arrested and what lessons can we learn from past experience?
Thinking about Plymouth’s Marine Environment (Economic and Environmental Sustainability)
(Jason Lowther, Victoria Hamlyn)
How Plymouth’s role as a maritime city has impacted on the local environment, land and sea. How did the marine activities of the past including shipping, fishing, leisure and tourism compare to those of the present? What are the local concerns now? Participants helped to identify and develop research ideas to address these.
Plymouth's Historic Fortresses (Cultural sustainability)
Ever wondered why there are so many forts and batteries around Plymouth, why so many were built and at what cost? Should they be preserved? Community projects at Grenville Fort and Maker Barracks (Rame peninsula) show how they can be transformed into sustainable properties.
Unfit parents? Unfit law? (Social Sustainability)
The welfare of children is central to social renewal, but initiatives to promote child welfare are tied up with the problematic history of policing ‘problem families’. What role did the Workhouse and the Eugenics movement play in the development of the child welfare system and how are the needs of children assessed today?
Call of Duty? Justice and Video Games (Cultural Sustainability)
Do you ever think about the choices you make when you pull the trigger or swing the axe? Have you ever considered what video games really say about the world around us? Participants discovered what these contemporary sources of popular culture teach us about law and justice, and examined how games franchises such as Call of Duty and Destiny encourage us to explore such themes.