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.
 

Leeds stories of the Great War

Principal Investigator: Professor Alison Fell (University of Leeds)
From 2013 to 2014

Leeds Stories of the Great War is a project run by the University of Leeds. It is about investigating the experiences of people who were living in Leeds during the First World War. This is one part of a bigger project called Legacies of War which is about commemorating the centenary of the First World War. Read more

Ritual Reconstructed: Challenges to Disconnection, Division and Exclusion in the Jewish LGBTQI Community

Principal Investigator: Dr Margaret Greenfields
From 2014 to 2015

This collaborative project, led by Bucks New University and undertaken in partnership with Liberal Judaism/Rainbow Jews; the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University and the University of Portsmouth consists of an exploration of the interplay between faith identity and sexual orientation as mediating or disrupting factors for London and South-East England based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Read more

Taverns, locals and street corners: cross-chronological studies in community drinking, regulation and public space

Principal Investigator: Dr Fabrizio Nevola (University of Bath)
From 2012 to 2013

This pilot study on tavern culture ranges from early modern Europe to the present day. It investigates whether today’s real and imagined patterns of drinking – people congregating in public spaces at night, sold alcohol and revelling – are recurring practices and representations of drinking and of competing communities. Read more

Gypsies, Roma and Irish travellers: histories, perceptions and representations – a review

Principal Investigator: Dr Jodie Matthews (University of Huddersfield)
2012

Amidst the prejudice suffered by the Gypsy, Roma/Romani and Irish Traveller communities today, various organisations have recognised the need to communicate some of the history of these peoples in Britain. Some of this work comes under the heading of Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month. Read more

Performing LGBT pride in Plymouth, 1950-2000

Principal Investigator: Professor Roberta Mock (University of Plymouth)
From 2011 to 2014

A collaborative doctorate, arising from a partnership between Plymouth University, Plymouth and West Devon Record Office (PWDRO) and local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender group, Plymouth Pride Forum. PhD student, Alan Butler, is considering how the LGBT communities of Plymouth have performed and signified their cultural identities during this period of change in both attitudes and legislation. Read more

In harmony Liverpool research network: exploring the cultural value of the orchestra as a community intervention

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

The In Harmony Liverpool Research Network brings together an international community of researchers to consider the cultural value of the orchestra as a community intervention, with a particular focus on the In Harmony Liverpool Programme. 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