Diarmuid’s cultural history audio trails allow listeners to head out onto the streets to immerse themselves in hidden queer histories, guided by cultural history and oral history interviews. The trails draw on his expertise as a cultural historian and his knowledge of sexually dissident literature, art, film, and performance in the nineteenth and twentieth century. To date the trails have proved popular with audiences: the Cambridge trail was featured in the Guardian, and will be relaunched at the Cambridge Festival in April 2022. The aim is to develop the project and work with partners such as councils, public bodies, and charitable organisations to create site specific audio content and tours that reveal hidden cultural histories.
Run by Cambridge Enterprise, the competition helps researchers to develop their innovative ideas into products or services that will have impact outside academia. Diarmuid’s winning entry was ‘Prick Up Your Ears: cultural history audio trails’. From the press release: