In the media archive

Winter 2018-2019

February 2019

Features SOLD! (Country Life, 27/2/2019 - Print), the exhibition about the antiques market co-curated by Dr Mark Westgarth (FAHACS) at County Durham's Bowes Museum. PDF available.
 
Exhibition explores history of antiques trade (Antique Collecting, 28/2/2019) Dr Mark Westgarth (FAHACS) is quoted in an article concerning the exhibition 'SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story', which he is the Guest Curator of.
 
Radio: Mornings (BBC Radio Scotland  -from 1h53m, 27/2/2019) Dr Richard Blackburn (Design - AHC) was interviewed on the Kaye Adams Show on BBC Radio Scotland about the environmental impact of washing clothes. The discussion centred on the release of fibres into the water system and carbon emissions. 
 
BBC Radio 5 Live (BBC Radio 5 Live, 27/2/2019) Prof Matthew Treherne was on the Drive programme (Languages, Cultures and Societies) to discuss the issue of the declining number of children studying modern foreign languages at school, now at an 18-year low.

TV: BBC Breakfast (BBC One - from 7.24am, 27/2/2019) Professor Ingrid Sharp (Languages, Cultures & Societies - AHC) is on the Breakfast sofa talking about the importance of learning languages at school.

Kafka’s wonderful ape (Times Literary Supplement, 26/2/2019) Professor Greg Radick (PHRS) shares the cover story, writing about whether a performing chimpanzee may have been the inspiration behind Franz Kafka’s Red Peter.

Future Fashion Factory: a £5.5m industrial action (Drapers, 25/2/2019) Professor Stephen Russell (Design) discusses Future Fashion Factory, a major new AHRC-funded project he leads, which is part of the government's Industrial Strategy.
 
Why do 5 million people watch hair being brushed? (Stylist Magazine, 20/2/2019) Dr Emma Bennett (Performance and Cultural Industries) comments in an article concerning ASMR role play videos.

MPs want legislation to fix UK fashion (Ecotextile News,  19.2.2019) Dr Mark Sumner (Design) gave evidence to an inquiry which aims to change the law to require fashion retailers to perform due diligence across their supply chains and have recommended tax breaks for companies that comply with environmental and social standards.

Why are the train stations of Japan are lit up blue (G1, 18.2.2019) Further coverage: Professor Stephen Westland (Design) is quoted in an article concerning how some train stations are installing blue lamps above train station platforms to attempt to deter people from committing suicide in those places. Translated from Portuguese.
Also in: Época Negócios (in Portuguese), UOL (in Portuguese) & Terra Brasil (in Portuguese)

Class system leaves dialect-matching project tongue tied (The Times, 16/2/2019) Dr Fiona Douglas (English) comments on the New York Times British-Irish dialect quiz.
  
The British-Irish Dialect Quiz (New York Times, 15/2/2019) Clive Upton, professor emeritus (English) comments on this online quiz, which went viral on Friday. Also in the Irish Times.
 
Radio: Pick of the Week (BBC Radio 4, 17/2/2019) A History of the Tongue, the Radio 3 programme presented by Dr John Gallagher (History) was selected among last week's best radio shows. A History of the Tongue on iPlayer
 
Prolific+ Jobs: How Channel 4's move has cemented Leeds as a key media and creative hub (Prolific North, 15t/2/2019) Dr David Lee (Media and Communication) was interviewed about Channel 4's move to Leeds. 
 
LISTEN UP FIVE MORE RADIO SHOWS TO BEND YOUR EARS (Metro, 13/2/2019 -Print) Further coverage: A Radio 3 programme made by Dr John Gallagher (History) about the history of the tongue is a pick of the day in the print edition.  In print - PDF available on request.
 
Khashoggi murder probe shows West puts 'political interests ahead of the protection of journalists' (Radio Sputnik, 12/2/2019) Dr Chris Paterson (Media and Communication) comments on latest developments about the Khashoggi murder plot.
 
Catalan Independence Ref Would be Too Controversial for Any Spanish Gov't - Prof (Sputnik, 12/2/2019) Professor Duncan Wheeler (Spanish) discusses how leading members of the Catalan independence movement are set to go on trial today in the Spanish capital Madrid, on charges of inciting rebellion.

Polish exhibition glory for artists ART (Yorkshire Evening Post 12/2/2019 - Print) Dr Judith Tucker's (Design) work will feature in a new exhibition at the National Museum of Poland. In print, PDF available upon request.

Today's radio choice (The Sunday Telegraph, 10/2/2019) Previews a BBC Radio 3 programme by Dr John Gallagher (History) on the history of the tongue, which aired last night.
Also in: The TelegraphThe TimesThe Sunday TimesProgramme on iPlayer

Weatherwatch: the dangers of protective clothing (The Guardian, 8/2/2019) Coverage of research by Philippa Hill, Dr Richard Blackburn and Dr Mark Taylor (Design) into the use of fluorocarbons in waterproof and protective clothing.
Also in Yahoo News.
 
4 Reasons Vietnam Is Perfect for the Second Trump-Kim Summit (The News Lens, 7/2/2019) Further coverage: Adam Cathcart (History - AHC) comments on the second US-North Korea summit, to take place in Vietnam.

Lotherton presents new contemporary exhibition (THE KINSKY, 7/2/2019) Fashion Forward, a new contemporary fashion exhibition at Lotherton Hall, will feature work from final year students of the University of Leeds.
 
Why Vietnam? 4 Reasons the Southeast Asian Nation Is Perfect for the Second Trump-Kim Summit (TIME, 6/2/2019) Adam Cathcart (History) is quoted in an article concerning the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which is taking place in Vietnam.
Also in Yahoo! News USA

Previews: Sunday Feature - History of the Tongue (Radio Time, 6/2/2019) A programme with Dr John Gallagher (History) about the history of the tongue is previewed. It airs on BBC Radio 3, Sunday at 1845. Cutting available on request.
 
Lagos seeks return of Lander stool from British Museum (The Nation, 5/2/2019)  Further coverage: Dr Will Rea (FAHACS) comments in an article concerning the JK Randle Heritage museum, which he was the UK lead curator on.
 
This Arthurian legend turned a powerful woman from healer to villain (World Economic Forum, 5/2/2019) Dr Marta Cobb (History) wrote an article concerning new portrayals of Morgan le Fay. This article originally appeared in The Conversation.
 
Lagos Seeks Return of Historical Sculpture From British Museum (theelitesng.com, 4/2/2019) Dr Will Rea (FAHACS) comments in an article concerning the JK Randle Heritage museum, which he was the UK lead curator on.
Also in The Nigeria Lawyer.
 
Leeds, Stockholm team wants no fluorochemicals Technical Textiles, 2/2/2019) Further coverage: Rain-repelling fluorochemicals used in waterproof clothing can and should be phased out as unnecessary and environmentally harmful, textile researchers argue. Dr Richard Blackburn and PhD researcher Philippa Hill (both Design) are quoted.
 


January 2019

Morgan le Fay: how Arthurian legend turned a powerful woman from healer to villain (The Conversation, 31/1/2019) Dr Marta Cobb (History) wrote an article concerning new portrayals of Morgan le Fay. 
 
Roma: Mexican film industry blooms with Oscar nominations a century after its origins in the Chihuahua desert (The Conversation, 30/1/2019) Professor Duncan Wheeler and Dr Rebecca Jarman (both Languages, Cultures and Societies) have written an article concerning how Mexico's booming film industry is revisiting its roots in the same desert in which it has its origins way back in 1914.

Fluorochemicals should be phased out of waterproof clothing, study argues (Environment JournalOnline, 30/1/2019) Further coverage: Rain-repelling fluorochemicals used in waterproof clothing can and should be phased out as unnecessary and environmentally harmful, textile researchers argue. Dr Richard Blackburn and PhD researcher Philippa Hill (both Design) are quoted.
Also in: Consumer AffairsEcotextile News,Chem Europe

Arab mother tongue is not Arabic and it from extinction (BBC Arabic, 29/11/2018) Professor Janet Watson (LCS) discusses endangered Arabic languages. Translated from Arabic.

Roma: Mexican film industry blooms with Oscar nominations a century after its origins in the Chihuahua desert  (The Conversation, 30/1/2019) Professor Duncan Wheeler and Dr Rebecca Jarman (both Languages, Cultures and Societies) have written an article concerning how Mexico's booming film industry is revisiting its roots in the same desert in which it has its origins way back in 1914.

Fluorochemicals should be phased out of waterproof clothing, study argues (Environment JournalOnline, 30/1/2019) Further coverage: Rain-repelling fluorochemicals used in waterproof clothing can and should be phased out as unnecessary and environmentally harmful, textile researchers argue. Dr Richard Blackburn and PhD researcher Philippa Hill (both Design) are quoted.
Also in: Consumer AffairsEcotextile News & Chem Europe

Research shows how waterproofs using fluorochemicals are over-engineered for consumers (News-Medical.Net, 30/1/2019) Rain-repelling fluorochemicals used in waterproof clothing can and should be phased out as unnecessary and environmentally harmful, textile researchers argue. Dr Richard Blackburn and PhD researcher Philippa Hill (both Design) are quoted.
Also in: Phys.orgScience Daily &  University news story

The untold story of museums and the art market (Apollo Magazine, 28/1/2019) An article by Dr Mark Westgarth (FAHACS) about curating ‘SOLD!’, a new exhibition which takes visitors on a journey through the history of antique dealing.

Back to black: Is monochrome, whether in fashion, design or photography, cooler and more sophisticated than colour? (Esquire Singapore, 28/1/2019) Over the centuries colour has gained a reputation for being cheap and tawdry. Monochromatic black, white and grey, on the other hand, are still associated with sophistication and cool. But why? Professor Regina Lee Blaszczyk (History) comments.

Giving voice to forgotten women who made history (Yorkshire Post, 24/1/2019) PhD alumna and stand-up poet Kate Fox (Performance and Cultural Industries) is profiled ahead of her new show celebrating forgotten women from the north. 
(PDF available on request)

Can blue light reduce train suicides?(BBC Future, 22/1/2019) Professor Stephen Westland (Design) is quoted in an article concerning how some train stations are installing blue lamps above train station platforms to attempt to deter people from committing suicide in those places.

Radio: Free Thinking (BBC Radio 3, 22/1/2019) As Oscar nominations are announced, Dr John Gallagher (History) discusses language in period dramas such as The Favourite and Mary Queen of Scots. 

Leeds leads the way in fashion research  (Fashion United.uk, 18/1/2019) The School of Design is conducting research to support innovation and improve sustainability in the fashion industry. Professor Stephen Russell (Design) is quoted.

Colette: writer, feminist, performer and #MeToo trail blazer (The Conversation, 16/1/2019) Professor Diana Holmes (Languages, Cultures and Society) writes about how the French writer Colette's work, and the way she lived her life, represent a vibrant and radical feminism in tune with the #MeToo spirit of today. 

Was Kim’s China visit an economic lifeline for border development? (South China Morning Post, 17/1/2019) Dr Adam Cathcart (History) wrote an article which argues that Chinese hopes for development of northeastern provinces through North Korean cooperation were once too ambitious, but aren’t necessarily dead now.

Exam time 100 years ago for PoWs in Skipton's Raikeswood Camp (Telegraph & Argus, 16/1/2019)
A further insight into life for German officers as they were held in Skipton's Raikeswood First World War prisoner of war camp has been revealed through the translation of diaries secretly written by inmates and smuggled out following their release. The translation project is led by Anne Buckley (Languages, Cultures and Societies). Also in Craven Herald.

Beyond Rosa Luxemburg: five more women of the German revolution you need to know about (The Conversatio, 14/1/2019) Professor Ingrid Sharp and Dr Corinne Painter (both Languages, Cultures and Societies) have co-written an article concerning female revolutionaries in the German revolution.

Woman's Hour (BBC Radio, 14/1/2019) An exhibition of photographs, These Four Walls: A Secret History of Women Homeworkers, opens tomorrow at the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery. This interview features its historian and photographer creators. From 16m39s. 

Radio: Richard Stead Breakfast Show (BBC Radio Leeds, 10/1/2019) Music by Jewish operetta composer Joseph Beer will be performed for the first time in the UK tonight by his daughter, as part of a conference organised by Professor Derek Scott (Music). His music was suppressed by the Nazis. Soprano Beatrice Beer discusses his life. (from about 50m)

Asian Network's Big Debate (BBC Asian Network, 9/1/2019) Dr Jasjit Singh (PRHS) discusses the recently imposed ban on inappropriate selfies at the Golden Temple. From 2:08:01.

Kim Jong Un meets Xi, tours a Chinese medicine plant, then goes home (Washington Post, 9/1/2019) Adam Cathcart (History) comments on the relationship between Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping 

New Year, New Podcast Episodes (Post-Traditional Buddhism, 9.1.2019) A podcast features Dr Mickel Burley (PRHS) and gets his thoughts about spirituality, Buddhism, rebirth and more.

Franchir la Manche (dna.fr 4/1/2019) Music composed by Professor Martin Iddon (Music) is mentioned in Dernières Nouvelles Alsace. In French. Paywall on article, PDF available upon request.

Can the Fashion Industry Ever Really Be Sustainable? (The Fashion Law 4/1/2019) Dr Mark Sumner (Design) authors this article discussing the difficulties fashion has in becoming sustainable and argues that brands need to refocus their aims.  
Originally written for The Conversation

The Topping Tooters of the Town (BBC Radio 4 Extra, 2/1/2019) Emeritus Professor Richard Rastall (Music) contributes to this celebration of the music of the Waits - a professional band of musicians who played for civic and ceremonial occasions in major towns across the country until 1835.


Peace at last - Christmas in 1918 (Yorkshire Evening Post, 19/12/2018) Dr Jessica Meyer (History) is quoted in an article about how the announcement of the Armistice on November 11, 1918 affected Christmas celebrations that year. Also in Yorkshire Post.

Simon Armitage named 2018 recipient of Queen’s Gold Medal for poetry (Daily Mail, 19/12/2018) Acclaimed poet Simon Armitage (English) has been named as the 2018 recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.  Also in: The Guardian, AOL UK, Yorkshire Post (in print), Yahoo! UK and Ireland, BBC Radio Leeds (audio available upon request), plus over 100 regional sources.

Cheap Clothes Last Longer than Luxury Duds, Research Finds (Sourcing Journal, 17/12/2018) Further coverage of research by Dr Mark Sumner and colleagues (Design), about how cheap clothes can last as long as designer items, with many reasonably priced garments offering better quality than pricier ones.

Shop Smart, Save Money (FIVE 13/12/2018 20:10 PM GMT) Five pairs of black jeans ranging from £7 Primark ones to £85 Levi's were washed 10 times to see how much they faded on Channel 5's Shop Smart Save Money. Dr Richard Blackburn (Design) tested the jeans. Clip available upon request. Also in: The Sun & Starspost.com.

Free Thinking (BBC Radio 3, 13/12/2018) Dr Kat Austen, the Cultural Institute's Cultural Fellow in Art and Science, discusses her new media artwork project, The Matter of the Soul. (from about 21m).

Museum celebrates 200 years of the trade, (Antiques Trade Gazette, 12.12.2018) Dr Mark Westgarth (FAHACS) is the guest curator of a new exhibition at the Bowes Museum in County Durham. 'Sold! The Great British Antiques Story' runs from 26 January. PDFs available upon request.

Sunday (BBC Radio 4, 9/12/2018) Dr Jasjit Singh (Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science) contributes to a discussion about the opening of corridor between India and Pakistan, allowing Sikhs to visit a shrine just over the Pakistani border. From 21m7s.

New network to support music and health work (Examiner Live, 10/12/2018) A new partnership led by the University of Leeds and music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins has been launched to support the use of music in health and wellbeing contexts.

Double success for Banana Moon Clothing at Textile Centre of Excellence Annual Awards (Examiner Live, 7/12/2018) The Future Fashion Factory Creative Industries Cluster Programme led by Professor Stephen Russell (Design) is mentioned.

How women made a new life in the aftermath of the First World War (Yorkshire Evening Post 7/12/2018) A talk today in the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery is featured. PDF available upon request.

The councils backing culture (Arts Professional 6/12/2018) Arts Professional covers which Councils are investing serious money in cultural development. Referencing Leeds as a 'northern giant', it features current developments in the region including the University's Cultural Institute hosting one of the AHRC creative clusters.

British research found that cheap clothes are more durable than brand-name clothes (China Daily, 6/12/2018) Further coverage of research by Dr Mark Sumner and colleagues (Design), discussing how cheap clothes can last as long as designer items, with many reasonably priced garments offering better quality than pricier ones. Translated from Chinese. Also in:MSN Philippines & Shenzhen Daily.

TV: Look North (BBC One, 5/12/2018) Dr Georgina Binnie (English) is featured alongside students and Leeds residents who are pen pals as part of the Writing Back project. Clip available upon request.

Makro Mikro (Austrian Academy of Sciences, 5/12/2018) Professor Ingrid Sharp (Languages, Cultures and Societies) talks about the end of the First World War. From 29m43s, in German.

Worn out: can fast fashion be sustainable? (The Guardian, 3/12/2018) Further coverage of research by Dr Mark Sumner and colleagues (Design), discussing how cheap clothes can last as long as designer items, with many reasonably priced garments offering better quality than pricier ones. More coverage including: BusinessInsider & Puls (German).

Radio: You and Yours (BBC Radio 4 3/12/2018) Further coverage of research by Dr Mark Sumner and colleagues (Design), discussing how cheap clothes can last as long as designer items, with many reasonably priced garments offering better quality than pricier ones.

Cheap clothes last as long as designer outfit (The Sunday Telegraph, 2/12/2018) Cheap clothes can last as long as designer items, with many reasonably priced garments offering better quality than pricier ones, according to research by Dr Mark Sumner (Design) and colleagues (Registration required - cutting available on request). The story has been picked up and featured widely across print titles and radio bulletins including The Sun (cutting available), i News (cutting available), MSN, The Yorkshire Post (cutting available) & Oxford Mail.