While film and TV production is in lockdown, The University of Kent has original research documentaries for you to discover.

Researchers and field experts will host interactive talks featuring topical discussions as the university launches the Think Kent “Discovers” series, a series of 9 cutting edge research documentaries produced by the University of Kent in association with KMTV.

Each event will start with the screening of a research documentary followed by a live panel discussion on the topic.

The series will be live streamed via Research Services ‘YouTube channel and the university’s facebook page.

All events are FREE to watch and to book your place, please click here

Series schedule to include:

Tuesday 19th May at 7pm: “Restoring the Palace of Westminster”
Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt from the Kent School of Architecture and Planning has been analysing the Houses of Parliament’s historic ventilation system and how it shaped the overall design of the building. His investigation is feeding directly into the Palace of Westminster’s Restoration and Renewal Programme, an ambitious (and expensive) project to ensure the building’s preserved at a time when it faces major structural and maintenance issues.

Panel members:
– Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt, Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Architecture at the University of Kent
– Professor Dean Hawkes, Emeritus Professor of Architectural Design at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University and an Emeritus Fellow of Darwin College, University of Cambridge
– Richard Ware, Former Director of the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme

To view the recording of the event, visit Research’s YouTube channel

Thursday 28th May at 7pm: “Mary Rose – A Chemical Conundrum”
When the Mary Rose was raised from the bottom of the Solent in 1982, it was regarded as a watershed moment in conservation. Speaking at the opening of the Mary Rose Museum in 2013, historian Dan Snow called the ship “the most important piece of archaeology to come out of Britain in our lifetime. This is a time capsule perfectly preserved, this is Britain’s Pompeii.”
The documentary explores how a team from the University of Kent’s School of Physical Sciences helped to preserve, and put on display, the pride of the Tudor fleet.

Panel members:
– Professor Alan Chadwick, Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Kent
– Professor Eleanor Schofield, Head of Conservation & Collections Care at the Mary Rose Trust
– Professor Fred Mosselmans, Principal Beamline Scientist responsible for I20 at Diamond Light Source

Tuesday 2nd June: “Peru – A Living Memory” 
The country’s history dates back to the cradle of civilisation and over the millennia have seen empires rise and fall, from the mighty Incas to the Spanish conquistadors. Next year sees Peru celebrating ‘El Bicentenario’, 200 years of independence. But its recent past has been blighted with unprecedented violence and political corruption. Researcher Natalia Sobrevilla Perea, from the University of Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages, wants to teach citizens about all aspects of the country’s history in order to create a fully realised national identity for future generations of Peruvians.

Panel members:
– Professor Natalia Sobrevilla Perea, Professor of Latin American History at the University of Kent
– M.A.Soc. Eduardo Gonzalez Cuerva, Transition Justice Expert
– Dr. Ines Ruiz, Academic Research Director, School of Humanities at Universidad Cientifica del Sur in Peru

Week commencing 8th June: “La Cristiada – A Civil War” (details to be confirmed)
A documentary with Dr Mark Lawrence, Lecturer in the School of History at the University of Kent

Week commencing 22nd June: “Counting Butterflies” (details to be confirmed)
Lunchtime session for children an adults alike

Wandering through Blean Woods in Canterbury is a small film crew from KMTV, hoping to capture footage of one of Britain’s most beloved creatures: butterflies. “Look! There!” The normally softly-spoken Professor Byron Morgan from the University of Kent points excitedly at something flitting around a bush. “It’s the Silver-washed Fritillary. What a beautiful sight.” The film explores the research carried out by Professor Morgan and former student Dr Emily Dennis, where the two have developed advanced mathematical models which are now being used to map and manage butterfly populations in the UK and abroad.

During the event, children will be invited to download an activity app to become a Butterfly Conservation Citizen Scientist!

Panel members:
– Professor Byron Morgan, Emeritus Professor of Statistics at the University of Kent
– Dr Emily Dennis, Senior Ecological Statistician at the Butterfly Conservation Trust
– Ian Middlebrook, Butterfly Monitoring Coordinator at the Butterfly Conservation Trust


Further dates will be added shortly.