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.
 

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

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

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