Culture & Heritage

Projects in this theme build relationships between research groups in the arts and humanities and community groups and organisations exploring their local and regional cultures and heritage.

Voices of War and Peace

Principal Investigator: Ian Grosvenor

Voices of War and Peace: the Great War and its Legacy is a First World War Engagement Centre funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund. Read more.

Stress Points: Policy and Practice in the Japanese Furniture Industry

Principal Investigator: Sarah Teasley
2012

Stress Points’ examines the relationship between local communities, industrial policy and global economic, cultural and political forces, through an extended exploration of public sector initiatives for developing and strengthening local furniture industries in Japan, c. 1890-1960. Read more.

Centre for Hidden Histories

Principal Investigator: Professor John Beckett (Department of History, University of Nottingham)
From 2014 to 2016

The Centre for Hidden Histories is one of five First World War engagement centres that have been established by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to investigate the First World War and support community groups in their efforts to research and commemorate the war. Read more.

Lost Spaces

Principal Investigator: Dr Dai O’Brien (York St John University)
From 2015 to 2016

This project aims to explore the consequences of lost community spaces for the Deaf community in Bristol.  Recently, the Deaf community have lost the Centre for the Deaf, which was the  centre of the community for many years, and the Centre for Deaf Studies in the University of Bristol, which was the birthplace of Dr Paddy Ladd’s Deafhood theory and Read more.

Sensing the late Iron Age and Roman Past: Geophysics and the Archaeology of Hertfordshire

Principal Investigator: Kris Lockyear
From 2013 to 2014

The project has created a cross-archaeological society team of geophysicists who have undertaken magnetometry surveys of over a dozen sites in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.  We continue to survey sites when they become available. Read more.

Telling the Bees

Principal Investigator: Deborah Maxwell
From 2015 to 2016

Beekeeping is currently experiencing a surge of popularity, coinciding with a rise of localism and a consumer drive for homemade produce. Bees have also become popular subjects of non-fiction prose, literature, poetry and art, in part because their plight has become emblematic of contemporary environmental crises. Whilst a new generation of beekeepers is emerging, the methods by which they learn their skills is changing. Read more.

Everyday Lives in War: experience and memory of the First World War

Principal Investigator: Sarah Lloyd
From 2014 to 2016

The Everyday Lives in War centre is one of five First World War engagement centres funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Read more.

Living Legacies 1914-18: From Past Conflict to Shared Future

Principal Investigator: Prof. Keith Lilley (Queen’s University Belfast)
From 2014

The Living Legacies 1914-18 Engagement Centre is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) until December 2016. It forms a focal point for connecting academic and community researchers interested in how the First World War lives on in the twenty-first century world. Read more.

The Impact of Festivals Project

Principal Investigator: George McKay george.mckay@uea.ac.uk
From 2015 to 2016

The Impact of Festivals is a 12-month project funded under the AHRC’s Connected Communities Programme, working with research partner organisation the EFG London Jazz Festival. The Principal Investigator is Professor George McKay, AHRC Leadership Fellow for the Connected Communities Programme, and Professor of Media Studies at the UEA. The Research Associate is Dr Emma Webster, co-founder and co-Director of Live Music Exchange. Read more.

FLEX (Flexible Dwellings for Extended Living)

Principal Investigator: Prof Ann Light
From 2012 to 2013

The FLEX (Flexible Dwellings for Extended Living) project sought to address a challenge of 21st century wellbeing – an increasing older population that wants to age ‘at home’, facing the social isolation that accompanies the loss of traditional meeting places like pubs, pension queues, community centres and the High Street. Read more.