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.
 

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

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

Cymunedau cysylltiedig 2: researching the industrial and post-industrial heritage of the Swansea valley

Principal Investigator: Professor Huw Bowen (Swansea University)
From 2013 to 2014

This multi-partner, bi-lingual community heritage project is focused on the history of industrial and post industrial communities in the Swansea Valley. Read more

Dig Where We Stand: Developing and Sustaining Community Heritage

Principal Investigator: Dr Andrew Flinn

Drawing inspiration from the History Workshop slogan “Dig Where You Stand”, the project proceeded from the belief that a community’s sense of itself and place rests on an understanding of its past. 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

Georgian Glasgow

Principal Investigator: Professor Murray Pittock (University of Glasgow)
From 2012 to 2015

This project examines the history of Glasgow in the Georgian era (1700-1840) via literature, art, and objects from the period. The project deals with key themes and authors alongside new theories of cultural memory. In 2014 a major exhibition (‘How Glasgow Flourished – 1700-1840′) will take place in Kelvingrove Museum. 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

How should decisions about heritage be made?

Principal Investigator: Helen Graham (University of Leeds)
From 2013 to 2014

In early 2013 the project spent four months working together to explore the issues raised by decision making about heritage and then designed a research project. In our Phase 2 research (beginning in July 2013) the project will to root our bigger concerns with democracy and heritage in specific places and contexts by mapping who makes decisions, when and where. Read more

Evaluating the outcomes of cultural services: a mixed methods investigation

Principal Investigator: Mrs Briony Birdi, University of Sheffield
From 2012 to 2015

The project is a Collaborative Doctoral Award (2012-2015) being undertaken by Martin Simmons, based in the Information School at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with Derbyshire County Council Culture and Community Services department. The overall aim of the project is to increase understanding of how people in Derbyshire value culture and how these forms of value can be conceptualised. Read more

Networking communities: mobility, nationalism and the historical geographies of connective infrastructures

Principal Investigator: Dr Peter Merriman, Aberystwyth University
2012

This project provides a synthetic review of how transport infrastructures and mobility practices have been seen to help and hinder the cohesion of local, regional, national and trans-national communities in different geographical, historical and cultural contexts. The main research review is in four sections, covering ‘Infrastructures, technologies, materialities’, ‘mobile practices’, ‘scales’, and ‘politics’. Read more