Birmingham City University researcher Jerome Turner has been looking into how people use B31 Voices, but his work is ending in March so he would like to hear from anyone who hasn’t yet got in touch.

He will be based at the Longbridge Public Art Project space on Longbridge Lane between Sainsburys and the fish and chip shop on Friday 11th 9-2pm and Tuesday 15th March, 9am-5pm. Anyone who uses B31 Voices (the blog, Twitter, or Facebook) can pop in for a brief chat over tea and biscuits. You can just turn up on the day, or if those times aren’t good for you, just email instead.

We first talked about the work, for his PhD at Birmingham City University, back in April.

“People have been involved in a number of ways,” says Jerome, “on the Facebook Group I set up, by emailing, or meeting for interviews in places like McDonalds and Rubery tearoom Polly Put The Kettle On.

“I’d like to thank everyone who’s contributed so far but as I’m wrapping up this work I’m still really interested to hear about all the ways people use the service. Or maybe you’d like to ask what I’ve discovered so far, or let me know what you think I should have been looking at.

“Everybody has their own story, and that’s all helpful in exploring the value, uses and concerns of the people using these sites – this is one of the first studies of its kind but its success really comes from talking to people.”

Jerome’s two days in Longbridge are kindly supported by LPAP and an ideal opportunity to drop in on your way past, but if you’d rather email or join the Facebook group in its final weeks, details are below.

Contact Jerome Turner

Or meet Jerome at Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP), Unit 5, Longbridge Lane (next to Queens Fish & Chis), Longbridge B31 2TW:

  • 9am-2pm Friday 11th March
  • 9am-5pm Tuesday 15th March


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