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.
 

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

Tailored trades: clothes, labour and professional communities (1880-1939)

Principal Investigator: Dr Vike Plock (University of Exeter)
From 2012 to 2014

The Industrial Revolution fundamentally changed the commercial, professional and social landscape of the modern world. While factory and clerical workers, sales assistants, parlour maids, trade unionists and other members of a newly established workforce faced changing working environments, a radical transformation of clothes paralleled this revolution in trades and industries. New vocations required new vestments. Read more

Digital Building Heritage: Phase III

Principal Investigator: Dr Douglas Cawthorne
From 2014 to 2015

Community heritage and archaeology projects are often focused on ‘doing’, on the processes of archaeology and the collection of data, but often with limited attention paid to the wider interpretation and then dissemination of their results to varied audiences within their communities and beyond. Read more

Gateways to the First World War

Principal Investigator: Professor Mark Connelly
From 2014 to 2016

Gateways to the First World War is one of five AHRC-funded public engagement centres established to bring together academics and members of the public in commemorating the centenary of the First World War. Read more

Whose Remembrance? A scoping study of the available research on ex-colonial communities and the experience of two world wars

Principal Investigator: Suzanne Bardgett, Imperial War Museums
2012

Whose Remembrance? sought to investigate the state of research into the experiences of the peoples of Britain’s former empire in the two world wars, and the understanding and availability of this research to audiences and communities today. The project was carried out by the IWM Research team in consultation with an advisory group of academics and specialists. Read more

Researching community heritage

Principal Investigator: Bob Johnston (University of Sheffield)
From 2013 to 2014

Researching Community Heritage brings together academics and community partners interested in researching local heritage. The team consists of a network of researchers with expertise in a wide range of subjects from landscape archaeology to storytelling and cultural history. Read more

Connecting communities via culture-led regeneration – exploring incentive and momentum with UK city of culture 2013 shortlisted candidates

Principal Investigator: Mrs Kerry Wilson (Liverpool John Moores University)
From 2011 to 2012

The Cultural Cities Research Network was formed in March 2011 to discuss the impact of bidding for the UK City of Culture 2013 title. Network members included different individuals and communities involved with or interested in the bidding process from the three shortlisted cities of Birmingham, Norwich and Sheffield. Read more

Heritage Legacies

Principal Investigator: Dr Jo Vergunst; University of Aberdeen
From 2014 to 2015

Heritage Legacies seeks to explore the legacies – the outcomes, benefits, and assets – created by heritage research funded by the AHRC’s Connected Communities programme. We are working with a range of Connected Communities projects to understand legacies and propose future directions for community–university partnerships in this field. Read more

Building and Enriching Shared Heritages

Principal Investigator: Prof Roey Sweet, University of Leicester
From 2013 to 2014

‘Building and enriching shared heritages’ consolidated and built upon existing relationships between the University and the wider community by exchanging knowledge in the skills needed to conduct historical research. Read more

Castleford Heritage Project

Principal Investigator: Professor David Waddington, Sheffield Hallam University
2012

Sheffield Hallam University worked alongside the charitable Castleford Heritage Trust with the intention of helping loval groups to develop bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable them to investigate and portray key aspects of their local culture and heritage. Read more