About

This site is the home of the AHRC funded Language of Access project.

The premise of the ‘The language of access’ is that the academic community, in its use of specialist language and concepts, often unintentionally inhibits communication across disciplines and with the wider public, thereby potentially limiting the impact of research. Linking with the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, this programme will build on the successful London Cultural Connections programme, which promoted face to face engagement and draw together early career researchers and postgraduate research students from King’s College London, UCL and the University of London School of Advanced Studies from the Arts and Humanities and Histories of Science and Medicine communities.

This programme will develop written public engagement in the context of the World Wide Web. Partnering the Wellcome Library, the Royal Institution, the Library of the Courtauld Institute and King’s College Archive Service. Participants will be challenged to describe and explain the significance and research value of items created in the context of medicine, science and the visual arts. They will be introduced to a range of discipline-specific terminologies and thesauri utilised by scholars and curators, and will explore the growing potential of Linked Data to support searching of concepts and ideas and improve their accessibility to wider audiences. Participants will be equipped with the practical skills to help optimise Google visibility for their research outputs.

The scheme will enhance participants’ skills in communicating and testing their ideas with other disciplines and the general public. Experience of working with non HE partners should also strengthen their employability in the broader cultural sector. The programme meets needs identified aspects of the Researcher Development Framework by providing training not otherwise available in London or more widely.

Partners

King’s College London Archives

Courtauld Institute of Art

Royal Institution of Great Britain

Wellcome Library