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Durham-led project receives £1million from the Wellcome Collection to investigate rigours of modern life

(27 March 2014)

Image of Dr Felicity Callard (Credit:Thomas S.G. Farnetti)

Dr Felicity Callard (Credit: Thomas S.G. Farnetti).

It will bring together a network of scientists, artists, humanists, clinicians, public health experts, broadcasters and public engagement professionals to work together for two years. The group will explore states of rest and noise, tumult and stillness, and the health implications for lives increasingly lived in a hubbub of activity.

The group is led Durham's Dr Felicity Callard, a Fellow of the University's Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing and Senior Lecturer in the Department Geography. Core contributions will also come from Durham's Professor Charles Fernyhough, broadcaster Claudia Hammond (BBC's All in the Mind and Health Check), neuroscientist Daniel Margulies (from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences) and poet James Wilkes (University of East Anglia). The group will start their occupancy at Wellcome Collection in October 2014, as the venue opens new spaces and galleries after a £17.5m development.

Dr Callard said: "Our team is enormously excited to take up the first residency of the Hub, and to work with this extraordinary physical and conceptual space to showcase what can be achieved through experimental interdisciplinary endeavours. Our collaborative work on rest and noise will have members of the public at its heart and will create new possibilities for people from all backgrounds to find their own kinds of rest in the busy city. Through our research activities and creative adventures we want to transform how rest and its opposites are understood - and give us all an urgently needed intimacy with a hidden but vital part of our lives".