Unsilencing the Library wins top University of Oxford award


The PRG-supported Unsilencing the Library project has received a University of Oxford Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement with Research.


The project team, led by Dr Sophie Ratcliffe of Oxford’s Faculty of English Language and Literature, created a collaborative library exhibition at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Museum in Warwickshire.  Members of Prison Reading Groups contributed almost 100 book suggestions. Sixteen of the books and accompanying comments were added to the shelves of a special room in Compton Verney to give visitors insight into why reading matters to people in prison.  PRG choices share space with those of actor Emma Watson, authors Margo Jefferson and Alys Fowler, the bibliotherapy foundation Relit, and pupils from a local high school. They can all be explored at www.unsilencingthelibrary.com.


The project was honoured in the Collaboration and Communication Project Award category, and the awards were announced by Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on 28th June. PRG was delighted to welcome Sophie to our annual Reading in Prison event earlier this month.  A full report on the day can be read at https://prison-reading-groups.org.uk/2017/06/12/reflections-on-reading-in-prison-2017/.

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