Plymouth past: sustainable future
Sutton Pool, old Plymouth
  • Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, North Hill, Plymouth

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Plymouth City Museum provides 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 can explore Plymouth’s past and future through quizzes and computer games. 

Watch a virtual tour around Plymouth past and present matching sustainability to our city.

Plymouth’s Criminal Past 1860-1920 (Social Sustainability)

(Professor Kim Stevenson, Dr Jill Annison, Dr Iain Channing, Judith Rowbotham)

Come and meet 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)

Find out how Plymouth’s role as a maritime city has impacted on the local environment, land and sea. How do the marine activities of the past including shipping, fishing, leisure and tourism compare to those of the present? What are the local concerns now? Help us identify and develop research ideas to address these.

Plymouth's Historic Fortresses (Cultural sustainability)

(Hugo de Rijke)

Ever wondered why there are so many forts and batteries around Plymouth? Find out 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? Come and discover what these contemporary sources of popular culture teach us about law and justice, and examine how games franchises such as Call of Duty and Destiny encourage us to explore such themes.

Biography: Professor Kim Stevenson

Kim is a Professor of Socio Legal History and is the Deputy Director Research Centre for Law and Criminal Justice at Plymouth University. Kim is Co-director SOLON: Promoting Interdisciplinary Studies in Law Crime and History, Joint Editor Law Crime and History and General Editor for the Routledge SOLON Explorations in Crime and Criminal Justice Histories book series.

Kim joined Plymouth University in 2004 and formerly taught at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University, for 15 years where she lectured Constitutional and Administrative Law and Sexuality and the Law. She was a Visiting Professor at the William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota, USA and the Open University Hong Kong. Kim’s research interests include historical and contemporary aspects of the criminal law with particular emphasis on sexual offences, sexuality, morality and violence. She has currently published a monograph with Judith Rowbotham and Samantha Pegg (Nottingham Trent) Crime News in Modern Britain: Press Reporting and Responsibility 1850-2010 (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). She jointly edited with Jones, Grear, Fenton, Gender, Sexualities and the Law (Routledge 2011); and with Rowbotham, Criminal Conversations: Victorian Crimes, Social Panic and Moral Outrage (Ohio State University Press 2005) follow-up to Behaving Badly: Visible Crime, Social Panics and Legal Responses - Victorian and Modern Parallels (Ashgate, 2002).

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About the ESRC Festival of Social Science (extract from the ESRC* website)

The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.

You may be surprised at just how relevant the festival's events are to society today. Social science research makes a difference. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday - at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, and even at the national level.

Everyone - from schoolchildren to politicians - can take part in and hear about social science research in the Festival's many engaging events.

This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK - via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more. 2015 is the 13th year that ESRC has held the Festival of Social Science and each year the festival grows from strength to strength. This year is particularly special as we celebrate the ESRC's 50th anniversary.

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