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.
 

Meanwhile use as performance: Securing social value from vacant space

Principal Investigator: Andy Dearden (Sheffield Hallam University)
From 2012 to 2013

’Meanwhile’ use of temporarily vacant spaces is applied by many organisations to access cheap space during the recession. This project explored how community-based organisations could make the most effective use of these opportunities. We brought together community development practitioners, community groups, landlords, local authority representatives and ‘meanwhile’ brokers to explore issues. 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

Cultural intermediation: connecting communities in the creative urban economy

Principal Investigator: Dr Phil Jones (University of Birmingham)
From 2012 to 2016

Cultural intermediation is a set of processes that seek to get people involved in activities within the creative and cultural economy. This can encompass a wide range of activities from poetry coaching through training people with new IT skills, to outreach activities by a local museum. Read more

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

Public Culture and Creative Spaces

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