UEA's Arts and Humanities Research Engagement Series brings the latest research and new ideas to audiences inside and outside the university on matters of great public interest.

Running annually in the spring, we invite the essential expert voices, from UEA and beyond, to tell you what you really need to know about the critical issues facing us all.


2023 Series: The Stories of the Gloucester Shipwreck: Norfolk's Mary Rose

The discovery of the Gloucester warship off the coast of Great Yarmouth by Julian and Lincoln Barnwell, and James Little, wrecked while carrying a future King of England and Scotland in 1682, was announced to the world in June 2022. The shipwreck is hailed as the most significant historic maritime discovery since finding the Mary Rose in 1971.  

An exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery titled ‘The Last Voyage of the Gloucester: Norfolk’s Royal Shipwreck, 1682’, runs from 25 Feb – 10 Sept 2023. The exhibition shares for the first-time artefacts rescued from the wreck site, speaking to the lives and experiences of those onboard in 1682, and tells the story of the wreck’s recent discovery.

In spring 2023, across 4 events, we will be joined by the curators of the exhibition from UEA and Norfolk Museums Service, who have been exploring the mysteries behind the ship’s tragic end and the stories of the people affected by the wreck, both those who drowned and those who survived. The series focuses on the Gloucester’s stories as they are told through music, literature and history, art, and textiles.

Find out more and book your place

All events are free and open to the public and will take place on Tuesday evenings at Norwich Castle’s Town Close Auditorium. Email: artsandhumanitiesevents@uea.ac.uk for more information.


2022 series: Back to the Future: Arts in a Digital Age

The 2022 series, Back to the Future: Arts in a Digital Age, examined the impact of the digital age on key aspects of the Arts in the past, present and future. Through four events, we focused on museum and gallery curatorial practice, archives, the wider heritage industry, and the study of history.

Contributors included the Digital Director of The National Archives at Kew; the Head of Library Collections at the Society of Antiquaries of London; the Professor of Palaeography at Cambridge; the Head of Collections Care at the Tate; a museums specialist from Glasgow University; the Director of the Sainsbury Centre, and specialists from the Castle Museum and UEA.

To find out more and listen to audio recordings of the events, please click below.


2021 series: After Brexit: Utopia or Dystopia?

The spring 2021 series 'After Brexit: Utopia or Dystopia?' featured figures from politics and academia, who shared their reflections, and offered their hopes and fears for a post-Brexit Britain.

For more information on the 2021 series of events, and to watch all online events back, please click below.