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.
 

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

Year of Shakespeare

Principal Investigator: Dr Erin Sullivan (University of Birmingham)
2012

Year of Shakespeare is an innovative digital project documenting the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival, the biggest intercultural Shakespeare festival the world has ever seen. Read more

Linking communities to historic environments

Principal Investigator: Dr Alex Hale (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland)
2011

The project aimed to bring together experts and practitioners to share experiences from both ends of the engagement spectrum. On the one end of the spectrum you have the ‘experts’ from national and regional organisations and on the other, the community participants who want to get involved. The project was to bring together both parties in a workshop format. Read more

New connectivities: civil society, the ‘third sector’ and dilemmas for socially and economically sustainable healthcare delivery

Principal Investigator: Dr Ming Lim (University of Leicester)
2011

A scoping review and activities on the changing nature of connectivity’ within and between local communities. The overall purpose is to gain an understanding of the impacts of changing connectivities upon service delivery under fast-changing institutional conditions of marketisation. Read more

Community gardening, creativity and everyday culture

Principal Investigator: Prof Andrew Church (University of Brighton)
From 2010 to 2011

This project seeks to demonstrate the potential, challenges and capacity of innovative shared creative activities for developing community connections and identities through transformative experiences. It does so in the context of the everyday cultural practice of community farming and gardening. It works with communities that are involved in communal food growing in Sussex, Manchester, and inner London. Read more

Rural connective

Principal Investigator: Professor Michael Wilson
From 2011 to 2012

Rural Connective gives attention to the increasing interest to the rural areas and their relation and access to the digital technologies especially in light of such programmes as roll out of superfast broadband in Cornwall. This initiative is specifically interested in growing and extracting cultural and creative capital in rural communities, and in critically investigating those processes. Read more

Careau and Ely rediscovering heritage project

Principal Investigator: Dr David Wyatt (Cardiff University)
From 2012 to 2013

Archaeologists from Cardiff University have teamed up with Ely and Caerau Communities First, local residents and the local schools to start the Caerau And Ely Rediscovering (CAER) Heritage Project, based in West Cardiff. Read more

The Orkney and Shetland dialect corpus project scoping study

Principal Investigator: Dr Ragnhild Ljosland (University of the Highlands and Islands)
2012

This scoping study prepares for research on Orkney and Shetland dialect grammar, shedding light on the grammar of two dialects which are the products of a language contact situation (15th – 19th century). The study aims to develop a database (corpus) of naturally occurring dialect texts from Orkney and Shetland, which would be digitally searchable. Read more

Digital building heritage

Principal Investigator: Dr Douglas Cawthorne, De Montfort University
From 2014 to 2015

The DBH project is firstly intended to demonstrate digital technologies, techniques and expertise developed and/or used at De Montfort University to local and national heritage groups throughout the UK who are concerned with buildings and their artifacts. It is secondly intended to assist community heritage groups in making collaborative bids with De Montfort University for UK Heritage Lottery Fund grants. Read more