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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017

26 October 2017

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 2017 Festival of Social Science runs from 4-11 November 2017.

This involves some 316 events across the UK, covering a range of topics from early development to dementia. MICRA researchers are involved in and are co-ordinating various events organised within the University of Manchester and Manchester City Centre.

Being 'in the moment' with music

Monday 6th November 2017, 10.30am - 4pm, HOME, Tony Wilson Place, Manchester

Please join us for an interactive workshop exploring how we might better understand the experiences of people with dementia when they engage with music.


  • a Music in Mind taster session, led by Manchester Camerata;
  • testimony from people living with dementia about their musical experiences;
  • an interactive session exploring how we might research musical experiences;
  • an overview of research exploring 'in the moment' experiences of people living with dementia.

For tickets and more information please contact Robyn Dowlen (, or telephone 0161 306 7732

Valuing Urban Nature

7 November 12pm-4pm, Cinema 2, HOME Manchester

Communities, artists, activists, researchers, ecological organisations and policy makers are invited to join us for an afternoon exploring the values of urban nature, for wellbeing, ageing and biodiversity.

Free screening of the award winning  2015 social and environmental documentary Demain ('Tomorrow') by Cyril Dion and Melanie Laurent will be followed by an open discussion and sharing of ideas between ecological artists, designers and writers from Manchester School of Art, Manchester Met, MICRA and University of Manchester. Come and watch an uplifting documentary and share your local solutions for protecting and engaging with Manchester and Greater Manchester’s green and blue spaces. 

Programmed in conjunction with the research project GHIA: Green Infrastructure and the Health and Wellbeing Influences on an Ageing Population (funded by NERC/ESRC/AHRC through the Valuing Nature Network). Part of the ESRC Festival 2017, and RAH! Research in Arts & Humanities at Manchester Met.

Everyday places: Why neighbourhoods matter for people living with dementia. A visual and interactive exhibition.

Wednesday 8 November, 11am - 3pm, Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square

Please come along to this free drop in event and take part in a conversation about neighbourhood, neighbouring and the experience of people living with dementia.

The event is part of a study funded by the ESRC and NIHR 'Neighbourhoods and Dementia' [2014-2019].

The 'Neighbourhoods: our People, Our Places' project has made a use of a creative blend of audio, visual and sensory methods to explore the role of neighbourhoods in the lives of people living with dementia living in different parts of the UK and in Sweden.

Neighbourhoods are increasingly recognised as sites of potential support for all people with dementia and a place where those living with dementia can exercise their human rights and be a part of the world outside their front door.

For further information please contact Sarah Campbell (

Ping Pong, with Panel and Q+A with Director Hugh Hartford

8 November, 4.45pm, 70 Oxford Road (formerly The Cornerhouse Cinema)

Join us for the amazing award winning film “Ping Pong” in association with the Granada Centre of Visual Anthropology. Eight players with 703 years between them compete in the World over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. Terry (81) from Stockport having been given a week to live, gets in sight of winning gold. Inge (89) has used table tennis to train her way out of the dementia ward she committed herself to. Dorothy de Low is 100, and finds herself a celebrity in this rarefied world, while Texan Lisa Modlich (85), is determined to do whatever it takes to win her first gold.

This film is as much about the tenacity of the human spirit as it is a meditation on mortality. "It is about ageing, mortality, friendship, ambition and love. The stories stay with you for hours, weeks, after the credits have rolled. A powerful achievement that leaves us with a more humane conception of life itself."  The Times. Director Hugh Hartford is a multiple award winning film director and graduate of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester.

The film will be showing in conjunction with “Queens of Syria” 6.45pm. The screening is free and open to the general public, but places are limited - please register via Eventbrite.

Good care-giving in care homes for older people

9 November, 1pm-4pm, Room G306a/b, Jean McFarlane Building, University of Manchester

This event provides a space to debate what good care-giving might be, and how it can be delivered in residential and nursing homes for older people. Many media reports tend to focus upon instances of bad care, and the idea of moving into a care home can raise significant fears and worries both for the individual and their family members. The event will be based on research findings, from different social science perspectives, concerned with the behaviours and practices that comprise good care-giving, and how these might be promoted and sustained in care homes for older people.  

The session offers three short presentations from different research projects at the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, from the perspectives of sociology and nursing and organisational psychology. Speakers include Professor Paula Hyde, Professor Josie Tetley, Dr Kirsten Jack and Professor Alison Chambers, Professor David Holman and Dr Maurice Nagington. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE, Royal Hospital Chelsea (Chelsea Pensioners). A light lunch will be available from 1pm, and the presentations will begin at 2pm. Interim refreshments will be provided.

Open to the general public, but places are limited - please register via Eventbrite. We very much welcome people who are currently living in a care home, or who have had experience of doing so, to come and share their thoughts on the research.

EnvisAge: Imagining Later Life

11 November, 2pm – 4pm, Clore Learning Suites, Whitworth Gallery

This 2-hour interactive workshop invites participants to think about ageing through creative means. Research from MICRA, the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing, has shown that people are reluctant to consider later life. This workshop encourages participants to create an image of their future.

The event will be held at the renowned Whitworth Art Gallery. Creative materials will be provided along with inspirational material about ageing. PhD students from the MICRA PhD Network will facilitate the session, and older people from the MICRA network will offer their perspectives. There will be prizes for the best creations, which will be featured on MICRA communications channels.

Places are limited - please register via Eventbrite

If you are an older person who would like to come along and share your experience of ageing with participants during the event, please contact Hayley James (

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