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.
 

Know Your Place

Principal Investigator: Professor Robert Bickers (University of Bristol)
2012

The University of Bristol, in partnership with Bristol City Council and a number of community groups, hosted a series of free public events about local community heritage. Each event allowed people to explore the local history and culture through the eyes of the community. Read more

Preserving Place: A Cultural Mapping Exercise

Principal Investigator: Dr Karen Smyth, University of East Anglia
From 2014 to 2015

The project evaluates processes involved in community choice, use and attitude towards place. What places are community groups interested in preserving? What places do they use to preserve their stories? This project is interested in the narratives behind these choices. Read more

Architecture><Community

Principal Investigator: Dr. Lorens Holm, University of Dundee
2011

This scoping study looks at the role architecture plays in humanities research into the cohesion and/or disintegration of communities, and suggests areas for collaboration. Without prejudice to other disciplines we developed the architecture – psychoanalysis collaboration as a worked example. Read more

Creative communities, 1750-1830

Principal Investigator: Dr David Higgins (University of Leeds)
From 2013 to 2014

Focusing on historical case studies, this research network will examine how connections between members of a community, and between different communities, can enhance creativity. At the same time, it will subject those key terms to rigorous investigation. 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

Historicising and reconnecting rural community: Black presences and the legacies of slavery and colonialism in rural Britain, c.1600-1939

Principal Investigator: Dr Susanne Seymour, School of Geography, University of Nottingham
From 2012 to 2013

The project entitled ‘Historicising and reconnecting rural community: Black presences and the legacies of slavery and colonialism in rural Britain, c.1600-1939’ involved both scoping and outreach activities. It ran from February 2012 to October 2013. Dr Lowri Jones worked with Susanne Seymour on the project. Read more

Creative Spaces and Public Culture

Principal Investigator: Professor George McKay
From 2018 to 2019

  The Public Culture and Creative Spaces project is a nine-month project that seeks to explore and capture some of the new thinking and practice around public culture, community construction and shared spaces.   It aims to draw together the new knowledge and practice generated by funded research projects across Connected Communities with work across a number of academic disciplines as Read more

Understanding everyday participation – articulating cultural values

Principal Investigator: Dr Andrew Miles (University of Manchester)
2011

This project proposes a radical re-evaluation of the relationship between participation and cultural value. We are used to thinking about the benefits of the arts as a traditional way of understanding culture and its value but what about the meanings and stakes people attach to their hobbies and pastimes? Read more

Community music: history and current practice, its constructions of ‘community’, digital turns and future soundings

Principal Investigator: Prof George McKay (University of Salford)
2011

The UK has been a pivotal national player within the development of community music practice. In the UK community music developed broadly from the 1960s and had a significant burgeoning period in the 1980s. Community music nationally and internationally has gone on to build a set of practices, a repertoire, an infrastructure of organisations, qualifications and career paths. Read more

Co-producing legacy: What is the role of artists within Connected Communities projects?

Principal Investigator: Professor Kate Pahl University of Sheffield
From 2014 to 2015

This research project will explore how artists work within the AHRC Connected Communities programme. The programme has encouraged arts and humanities academics to work in different ways with communities to co-produce research across a range of disciplines. Many academics have worked with artists to realize ideas and help with a community engaged approach to research. Read more