University showcase

The University held a showcase on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November 2016 as part of the Bristol800 celebration.

This Bristol800 weekend brings an opportunity to learn about some of the many fascinating, inspirational and innovative collaborations taking place between academics, researchers and students at Bristol’s two universities and organisations and individuals in the city.

The Bristol Data Dome


11 Nov

6.00 - 7.00 pm, At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB
The Data Dome is connected to the Bristol is Open high-speed fibre network. The ultrahigh definition immersive display environment is a unique canvas for many forms of content from city data to research data visualisation. Bristol’s Data Dome is at the leading edge of exploration of this format. Barney Smith, interim CEO of Bristol is Open (BIO) will give an introduction to BIO which was followed by examples of full dome content (content produced exclusively for use in domed spaces and planetaria).

‌Art, science and our future material world


12 Nov

Matt Scott/National Composites Centre via

‌1.00 - 5.00 pm, Waterside 3, Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX

The light weight and high strength of composite materials such as Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) means that they are finding more and more applications, from cars, to aircraft and even bridges. Bristol has played an important part in the history of these materials, and also hosts a world-leading research group at the University, and the National Composites Centre.

Designer Tom Metcalfe presented a work-in-progress, sharing developments of his recent micro-residency. His work explores ideas of craftsmanship, sustainability and the complementary processes of traditional tailoring and composites manufacture.

This residency was supported by Bristol800, the University of Bristol’s Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science, the National Composites Centre and Watershed.

A panel discussion on the future of composites and their impact on our material world follwed the talk with a Q&A.


  • Tom Metcalfe, Designer
  • Paul Gallen, Sector Lead (Automotive), National Composites Centre
  • Professor Kevin Potter, Professor in Composites Manufacture, Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science, University of Bristol 
  • Dr Hamish McAlpine, NCC Project Manager, University of Bristol 
  • Chair: Zahra Ash-Harper, Producer, Pervasive Media Studio

Bringing an archive to life: A partnership between Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Record Office, University of Bristol Theatre Collection and Theatre Department


12 Nov

Image courtesy of University of Bristol Theatre Collection

‌Workshop – Performing the archive

11.00 am - 3.00 pm, University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, BS1 5LT
A small group workshop (led by the Theatre Department in connection with Bristol Old Vic and the Theatre Collection) gave an opportunity to explore the Bristol Old Vic Archive held at the Theatre Collection and help participants find their own creative response. 

Talk – Bringing the history of Bristol Old Vic to life

3.00 - 4.00 pm, University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park row, BS1 5LT
Gave an opportunity to find out how the Bristol Old Vic plans to protect and share the heritage of Britain’s oldest theatre and bring its archive to life. The project, which involves a partnership between Bristol Old Vic, the University of Bristol Theatre Collection and Bristol Record Office, will use a range of techniques – from heritage animateurs, to digital innovation – to offer new ways of presenting the theatre's long and fascinating history. An archivist, curator and outreach producer told participants how it's all going to happen.

Productive Margins: Showcasing research with local community partners


12 Nov

10.00 am - 5.00 pm, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BX
The Productive Margins programme brings together communities and academics in Bristol to co-produce research that explores how regulation constrains and enables engagement in decision making. Local projects were showcased, using games and performance to encourage participation and engagement in ideas around loneliness in older people, life chances for families in poverty, spaces of dissent and everyday utopias.