Every minute of every day is a collaborative experiment in real-time ethnography between Goldsmiths’, University of London and Richard House Children’s Hospice (Newham) and St Joseph’s Hospice (Hackney). The aim of our project is to capture something of the local areas and communities that are served by the hospices by using an array of methods – photos, sound recordings, film – and of course talking and listening to people.
We hope that our research will help the hospices to find out more about their local communities and vice versa. We also hope to learn more about real time and engaged social research.
Richard House Children’s Hospice In Newham was the first children’s hospice in London. The hospice accompanies families caring for children with life-limiting, life-threatening and complex healthcare needs.
Why did Richard’s House want to be a part of the real-time ethnography?
‘Richard House Children’s Hospice jumped at the chance to support Yasmin Gunaratnam, Les Back and the students at Goldsmith’s in their ethnographic work based in the heart of the community we serve – Newham. At Richard House we are currently engaged in a number of projects that we hope will give us greater insight into the communities we support and facilitating the immersive ethnography is also a way for us to learn more about Newham, its people and its special places. We are excited about the work and look forward to seeing the results.’
Rachel Power (Director of Human Resources)