This week I have been distributing posters which aim to recruit participants for my research. I have so far given these out to Townley Hall, Burnley Library and the Students Union in Burnley UCLAN. I have also linked a digital version of the poster to Twitter feeds on Burnley Newspaper and the Facebook page of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Burnley.
Now I am playing the waiting game as we lead up to the Christmas break. In January I will meet with the Friends of Towneley Park, the members of which will hopefully engage with the interview process. However, I have a sneaky suspicion that I am going to get very few responses from the posters. This means that I am going to have to (a) approach visitors at the park directly and/or (b) identify some other groups who use the park and whom I can approach.
It is very tempting to do some preliminary development of the digital representation, but I have to remind myself that there is no way of telling what form this will take until I carry out some actual field work!
Reading material for study seems to be ever expanding and I am having difficulty reigning this in. However, I currently feel that I need to add to my corpus of knowledge in the area of space and place (I have been reading Doreen Massey) and, considering the nature of Towneley Hall, the role of the National Trust and country estates – I have been reading David Harvey, whose history of heritage article has brought me back to the importance of institutional roles.