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.
 

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

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

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

The meaning and role of community cinema in rural Norfolk

Principal Investigator: Dr Mark Rimmer, (University of East Anglia)
From 2012 to 2015

This project seeks to explore the meanings and roles of rural community cinema projects in Norfolk, as these are understood by members of rural communities. The project began in September 2012. The project will engage with questions about the social experience of attendance at rural cinema screening events. Read more

Enfield exchange

Principal Investigator: Dr Tilly Blyth, National Museum of Science and Industry
From 2012 to 2013

One of the many objects in the Science Museum’s collections is a manual telephone switchboard from the Enfield telephone exchange. It was collected by the Science Museum in 1961, because it was the last of its kind to be taken out of service in the Greater London area. Read more