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.
 

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

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

The social world of Nottingham’s historic green spaces: A community history project

Principal Investigator: Professor John Beckett, University of Nottingham
From 2013 to 2014

Working with Friends Groups, Local History Groups and other volunteers, the project is investigating the development of Nottingham’s Arboretum, Forest Recreation Ground, Church and General Cemeteries, several public walks and other green spaces created following the 1845 Enclosure Act. Read more

Connected Communities: All Our Stories at the Science Museum

Principal Investigator: Annika Joy, Science Museum
From 2013 to 2014

The All our Stories project enabled the Science Museum Group to gain insights into the needs of community heritage groups and to develop services to assist them in their research. Investigating our collections through the different lens they provide illuminated new perspectives on our practices of collecting, classification and study. Read more

On Shared Ground: Networks and Encounters around the Margins of Community Heritage

Principal Investigator: Dr Kimberley Marwood, University of Sheffield
2014

On Shared Ground examines the connected and disconnected networks of community participation in heritage research. By ‘disconnected’, we are referring to groups or individuals on the margins and edges of communities who have connections and relationships with a specific heritage landscape, but are not currently involved in the production of histories, narratives and discourses relating to those sites. Read more

Active citizenship, public engagement and the humanities: the Victorian model

Principal Investigator: Prof Eugenio Biagini (University of Cambridge)
2012

This project sought to give historical perspective to contemporary debates surrounding the role of the humanities in civil society. 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