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.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maker-centric: building place-based, co-making communities

Principal Investigator: Fiona Hackney; F.Hackney@wlv.ac.uk
From 2016 to 2018

Maker-Centric is one of a series of participatory arts research projects across the UK that are funded by The Arts and Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) Connected Communities programme. The project takes a material placed-based approach to engaging communities in speculative co-design. Read more

Trade and traffic on the River Trent and associated waterways 1850-1970

Principal Investigator: Dr Richard Gaunt (Nottingham University)
From 2013 to 2014

The University of Nottingham is working with Newark Heritage Barge Charitable Incorporated Organisation (which is working to fit out a floating barge as a living museum) on a history of the river Trent from the coming of the railway in the mid-nineteenth century to the recent past. Read more