It felt very strange, on Tuesday, to be walking through the campus of the University of Birmingham for the first time since I graduated 22 years ago. I was on my way to the Third Sector Research Centre for a meeting of our Connected Communities research project steering group. We did some detailed planning of our consultative seminar, ‘Growing the Grassroots’, which will take place at Cecil Sharp House in London on Tuesday 18 October. We are going to use this event to launch the initial findings of our study into the role of grassroots arts activities in communities and to consult representatives of voluntary arts groups, umbrella bodies, academics, civil servants and other relevant agencies to inform our final research report which is due to be published in December. On Tuesday we also spent some time looking at the lengthy draft report from the literature review undertaken by our Research Assistant, Hilary Ramsden. And we started to plan an application for further academic funding for a follow-on research project.
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