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.

Video. Ritual Reconstructed Visual Ethnography

Searle Kochberg talks about visual ethnography, his documentary film making research and his most recent project called ‘Ritual Reconstructed’. Jewish rituals for the LGBT community is the subject matter. Watch the interview here https://youtu.be/l_DUjMO_Q0s CCI TV Research Matters The CCi TV Channel features work from the students within the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth. Read more

Podcast. On telling our personal stories of ritual bricolage

Sef Townsend (Story-Teller; Musician and Actor who worked with community participants throughout this project) draws on his own personal experience of living and working on all five continents; and on his professional practice in reminiscence and language support work with immigrant and refugee communities; to inform his workshops in participatory storytelling and music. Read more

Postcard/Mounted Images selection

Gallery of images produced from photographs taken in the main by Mary Humphrey (the professional photographer who worked with us on this project as a volunteer), and also one or two images submitted to the ‘ritual bricolage’ section of the Ritual Reconstructed website (see materials submitted by Sef Townsend) and a still from the World Aids Day video (embroidered dove from Read more

Conference Presentations

  Bucks New University Talking Ideas festival January 2015   Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training (CREST) May 2015   Connected Communities Festival. University of East Anglia, July 2015   International Visual Methods 4, University of Brighton, September 2015.   Bucks New University. Using Assessment to enhance learning. Staff Development Conference, March 2016.   University of Foggia Seminar. Italy. Read more

Supporting discussion notes. The Ritual Year (LGBQTI Jewish Ritual Cycle)

The summaries contained within the link below outline the key moments in the Jewish ritual year, which commences with the Festival of Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year or ‘Head of the Year’) and moves through the annual cycle in conjunction with set ritual activities (which may take place either in the home or in Schul (Synagogue). Read more

Sedimented Histories: Connections, Collaborations and Co-production in Regional History

This article considers recent developments in public history, particularly in a context of university-community partnerships. Since Raphael Samuel’s 1994 discussion of ‘unofficial’ histories, various academic and policy initiatives have generated fresh interest in collaborative projects and in research with, by and for communities (co-production). Read more

Hydrocitizenship Case Study Websites

These four websites form case studies of the Hydrocitizenship project and provide an array of information and resources about the work of the project on a local level. Read more

Activating the archive: rethinking the role of traditional archives for local activist projects

This article explores the way archival material has the potential to become a core component of activism, through an evaluation of an AHRC-funded collaborative research project on the histories and futures of local food in Liverpool. Read more

Community Connections

In June 2015 community partners in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, and the Valuing Different Perspectives Project (University of Stirling) and ACCORD Project (Glasgow School of Art) organised the Community Connections festival fortnight, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities Distributed Festival. Read more