Investigating the Cultural Landscape

Investigating the Cultural Landscape: Research sources and methodologies

By Sean O’Dell

This lecture was about primary research, what I can do and how I can bring it into my work. To show this Sean spoke about a paper he has been working on for some time, about ‘the origins of domestic post-war holiday making’.

Primary Research

  • Visit
  • Photography
  • document
  • analyse
  • excavate
  • interview
  • interact

Places to find primary documentary evidence

  • Newspaper article
  • National Archive
  • Essex Records Office
  • Digital resources
  • Essex Archive Online

Research can be useful for a fashion and textiles student because it can give us inspiration for any of the pieces that I do. It can also help to see the fashions that have already been done. I go and look at magazines and journals from the past and present can mean we can look into the minds of the most iconic fashion designers and see what they thought and how they made certain pieces.


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