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Helen Manchester is a lecturer in Educational and Social Futures at the University of Bristol. Helen specialises in conducting participatory, co-produced research with community and voluntary organisations and cultural institutions. She is interested in co-designing technologies, older people, materiality and oral histories; learning in creative and cultural organisations; future cities, data and intergenerational futures
Helen was Principal Investigator on ‘Tangible memories: Community in Care’ funded by the AHRC Digital Transformations and Connected Communities Capital fund. It is an interdisciplinary project (working with computer scientists, artists and historians) and explored older peoples' material memories in care home settings.
Helen has previously worked as a teacher in schools across Greater Manchester (1993 – 1999) and as a university lecturer and researcher. Previous research projects have included: 'Youth Voice in the work of Creative Partnerships' (2007-2009); 'Creativity, Creative Partnerships and school ethos' (2009- 2011), and 'Mapping learning lives', funded by the BBC, a project exploring the potential for people to act as curators of their own learning lives.