"Before The Last Traces Are Gone" - Reconnecting and Renegotiating Lost Heritages: Connected Communities Heritage Network

Lead Research Organisation: De Montfort University
Department Name: School of Design

Abstract

This proposal is to develop a network to disseminate and share research findings and experiences from Heritage projects funded by the AHRC's Connected Communities (CC) programme. The network will also provide support and guidance for communities involved in the co-design and co-production of heritage research.

Across the Connected Communities (CC) programme, many projects are working on heritage related topics. For instance De Montfort University is working on the Digital Building Heritage project which is exploring digital methodologies and technologies for meeting the needs of heritage community groups concerned with reconstructing and presenting historic buildings and their associated artifacts. Another example is the University of Hertfordshire's 'Partners in History' project which has focused on topics from regional new town heritage and First World War commemoration to the use of creative writing in museum education programmes. Other heritage projects are working in areas such as industrial heritage (mining, textiles, bicycle manufacture), transport heritage (waterways and railways), the history of workhouses and poverty, slavery history/black history. Several round table discussions at the AHRC Connected Communities Summit in July 2012 and more detailed subsequent discussions identified that there was considerable interest in setting up a cross-disciplinary network to enable collaborative activities between heritage related Connected Communities projects. The aim of the network would be to allow researchers and community groups to share and explore common themes and experiences and to identify gaps in knowledge to feed through into the design of future projects.

It is was also clear from the summit that many CC projects are generating a huge repository of heritage related research materials, knowledge and experience which could benefit both current and future CC projects. Specifically a number of pertinent shared research questions were identified:

-How can locally based heritage groups benefit from networking with each other both nationally and internationally?

-What can groups within a network learn from each other about making the most of academic expertise and accessing each others knowledge?

-How can locally based heritage groups draw in new participants and enable a greater variety of voices to be expressed?

-What is the role of digital technology in enabling community groups to discover and disseminate their heritage?

-How can spaces be created to challenge and disrupt older dominant narratives and enable new stories to be told and old stories re-understood?

-How do we facilitate better sharing of knowledge, expertise and insight across sectors, between 'amateur' historians and professionals, between communities and academia?

-How do we best address the 'skills gap' for academics working on community heritage initiatives?

The intention of the proposed network would be to provide a range of fora to allow both the University and Community partners on heritage related CC projects to collaborate and exchange knowledge. It is expected that this exchange would generate significant efficiencies and insights across the CC programme by reducing both the number of repeated mistakes and duplicated research as well as help identify and disseminate best practice. Moreover it is hoped that this type of cross disciplinary and cross community collaboration will help identify new opportunities for developing community inspired co-created and co-designed heritage research.

Planned Impact

As already stated, it is expected that the proposed heritage network would generate significant efficiencies and insights across the Connected Communities programme by reducing duplication and helping to identify and disseminate best practice. Moreover it is hoped that this type of cross disciplinary and cross community collaboration will help identify new opportunities for developing community inspired co-created and co-designed heritage research. This will directly benefit both Connected Community academic researchers and existing and potential community partners. This collaboration will be achieved through the creation of a range of on-line media platforms as well as face to face symposia which allow the sharing of experiences and knowledge exchange across a wide range of heritage related projects. It is anticipated that these combined activities will raise the public profile of the important work being conducted in community heritage through the Connected Communities programme, and create a sustainable resource to inform future research and practice in this area.

Publications

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Title Glossop Times App 
Description Through my involvement on the is AHRC project I was invited to be a co-investigator on the AHRC Digital Transformation project - Affective Digital History led by the University of Leicester. This resulted in the production of an iPad app which explored the history of Glossop's and other buildings using 3D technology 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Inter university and heritage/arts group collaboration. 
URL https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/glossop-times/id1067644496?mt=8
 
Description We have developed a communication Network for AHRC Connected Comminities heritage projects. We have set up a website, Facebook page and Twitter for the Network. We have also held 4 Network symposiums in Leciester (Dec 2013), Sheffield (January 2015), Lincoln in 2016 and Leicester (2018) which was a 1 day event with over 50 delegates. We have also produce 2 edited volumes of reviewed papers based on some of the presentations from the 2015 and 2016 symposiums.
Exploitation Route The experiences of many Connected Communities Heritage projects has been documented in the Network website and symposiums. This documentation will be invaluable to others planning similar research projects. All the presentations from the 4 symposiums are available on the project web site in both video and powerpoint formats.
Sectors Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.heritagenetwork.dmu.ac.uk
 
Description Our findings and experiences as documented in our website and symposium have been used by other Connected Communities heritage projects as well as other AHRC funded Heritage projects as a guide for further research and developent. Here are some of the details as of January 2016: Increased Network membership from 92 in 2015 to 185 in 2016 On average 457 visits to the website per month (compared with 200 in Phase2) and a total of 7965 page views in the last 10 months. The number of new visitors has also increased by 87.2% 85 Facebook likes (an increase from 60 March 2015) 280 Twitter Followers and over 344 Tweets (an increase from 218 Followers in March 2015) 582 Views on the You Tube Channel (an increase from 290 in March 2015)
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Catalyst Fund
Amount £1,450 (GBP)
Organisation Connected Communities 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 10/2018
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network 
Organisation Cardiff University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The partners and collaborators above have supported the initial consultaion and establishment of the Connected Communities Heritage Network. Many continue to support the development of the network which is now in its third year and new ones have been added.
Collaborator Contribution Contibutions have included attendance at project management meetings, help with consultation activities, help with information disemination and help with the annual symposium.
Impact Web site, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Mailing list, Consultation report, Leicester Symposium (December 2013), Sheffield Symposium (January 2015) and proceedings and Lincoln Symposium (January 2016) (proceedings to be published shortly) Exhibitions and presentations at both Edinburugh (2013) and Cardiff (2014) Connected Communities show case and Festivals. Multidisciplinary - Heritage, History, Digital Design, Museums, Geography, Archeology
Start Year 2013
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network 
Organisation Falmouth University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The partners and collaborators above have supported the initial consultaion and establishment of the Connected Communities Heritage Network. Many continue to support the development of the network which is now in its third year and new ones have been added.
Collaborator Contribution Contibutions have included attendance at project management meetings, help with consultation activities, help with information disemination and help with the annual symposium.
Impact Web site, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Mailing list, Consultation report, Leicester Symposium (December 2013), Sheffield Symposium (January 2015) and proceedings and Lincoln Symposium (January 2016) (proceedings to be published shortly) Exhibitions and presentations at both Edinburugh (2013) and Cardiff (2014) Connected Communities show case and Festivals. Multidisciplinary - Heritage, History, Digital Design, Museums, Geography, Archeology
Start Year 2013
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network 
Organisation Friends of Welford Road Cemetery
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The partners and collaborators above have supported the initial consultaion and establishment of the Connected Communities Heritage Network. Many continue to support the development of the network which is now in its third year and new ones have been added.
Collaborator Contribution Contibutions have included attendance at project management meetings, help with consultation activities, help with information disemination and help with the annual symposium.
Impact Web site, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Mailing list, Consultation report, Leicester Symposium (December 2013), Sheffield Symposium (January 2015) and proceedings and Lincoln Symposium (January 2016) (proceedings to be published shortly) Exhibitions and presentations at both Edinburugh (2013) and Cardiff (2014) Connected Communities show case and Festivals. Multidisciplinary - Heritage, History, Digital Design, Museums, Geography, Archeology
Start Year 2013
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network 
Organisation George Africanus Project
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The partners and collaborators above have supported the initial consultaion and establishment of the Connected Communities Heritage Network. Many continue to support the development of the network which is now in its third year and new ones have been added.
Collaborator Contribution Contibutions have included attendance at project management meetings, help with consultation activities, help with information disemination and help with the annual symposium.
Impact Web site, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Mailing list, Consultation report, Leicester Symposium (December 2013), Sheffield Symposium (January 2015) and proceedings and Lincoln Symposium (January 2016) (proceedings to be published shortly) Exhibitions and presentations at both Edinburugh (2013) and Cardiff (2014) Connected Communities show case and Festivals. Multidisciplinary - Heritage, History, Digital Design, Museums, Geography, Archeology
Start Year 2013
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network 
Organisation LOFAR
Country Netherlands 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The partners and collaborators above have supported the initial consultaion and establishment of the Connected Communities Heritage Network. Many continue to support the development of the network which is now in its third year and new ones have been added.
Collaborator Contribution Contibutions have included attendance at project management meetings, help with consultation activities, help with information disemination and help with the annual symposium.
Impact Web site, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Mailing list, Consultation report, Leicester Symposium (December 2013), Sheffield Symposium (January 2015) and proceedings and Lincoln Symposium (January 2016) (proceedings to be published shortly) Exhibitions and presentations at both Edinburugh (2013) and Cardiff (2014) Connected Communities show case and Festivals. Multidisciplinary - Heritage, History, Digital Design, Museums, Geography, Archeology
Start Year 2013
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network 
Organisation Loughborough University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The partners and collaborators above have supported the initial consultaion and establishment of the Connected Communities Heritage Network. Many continue to support the development of the network which is now in its third year and new ones have been added.
Collaborator Contribution Contibutions have included attendance at project management meetings, help with consultation activities, help with information disemination and help with the annual symposium.
Impact Web site, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Mailing list, Consultation report, Leicester Symposium (December 2013), Sheffield Symposium (January 2015) and proceedings and Lincoln Symposium (January 2016) (proceedings to be published shortly) Exhibitions and presentations at both Edinburugh (2013) and Cardiff (2014) Connected Communities show case and Festivals. Multidisciplinary - Heritage, History, Digital Design, Museums, Geography, Archeology
Start Year 2013
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network 
Organisation National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The partners and collaborators above have supported the initial consultaion and establishment of the Connected Communities Heritage Network. Many continue to support the development of the network which is now in its third year and new ones have been added.
Collaborator Contribution Contibutions have included attendance at project management meetings, help with consultation activities, help with information disemination and help with the annual symposium.
Impact Web site, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Mailing list, Consultation report, Leicester Symposium (December 2013), Sheffield Symposium (January 2015) and proceedings and Lincoln Symposium (January 2016) (proceedings to be published shortly) Exhibitions and presentations at both Edinburugh (2013) and Cardiff (2014) Connected Communities show case and Festivals. Multidisciplinary - Heritage, History, Digital Design, Museums, Geography, Archeology
Start Year 2013
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network 
Organisation Newark Heritage Barge CIO
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The partners and collaborators above have supported the initial consultaion and establishment of the Connected Communities Heritage Network. Many continue to support the development of the network which is now in its third year and new ones have been added.
Collaborator Contribution Contibutions have included attendance at project management meetings, help with consultation activities, help with information disemination and help with the annual symposium.
Impact Web site, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Mailing list, Consultation report, Leicester Symposium (December 2013), Sheffield Symposium (January 2015) and proceedings and Lincoln Symposium (January 2016) (proceedings to be published shortly) Exhibitions and presentations at both Edinburugh (2013) and Cardiff (2014) Connected Communities show case and Festivals. Multidisciplinary - Heritage, History, Digital Design, Museums, Geography, Archeology
Start Year 2013
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network 
Organisation Railway and Canal Historical Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The partners and collaborators above have supported the initial consultaion and establishment of the Connected Communities Heritage Network. Many continue to support the development of the network which is now in its third year and new ones have been added.
Collaborator Contribution Contibutions have included attendance at project management meetings, help with consultation activities, help with information disemination and help with the annual symposium.
Impact Web site, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Mailing list, Consultation report, Leicester Symposium (December 2013), Sheffield Symposium (January 2015) and proceedings and Lincoln Symposium (January 2016) (proceedings to be published shortly) Exhibitions and presentations at both Edinburugh (2013) and Cardiff (2014) Connected Communities show case and Festivals. Multidisciplinary - Heritage, History, Digital Design, Museums, Geography, Archeology
Start Year 2013
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network 
Organisation University of Aberdeen
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The partners and collaborators above have supported the initial consultaion and establishment of the Connected Communities Heritage Network. Many continue to support the development of the network which is now in its third year and new ones have been added.
Collaborator Contribution Contibutions have included attendance at project management meetings, help with consultation activities, help with information disemination and help with the annual symposium.
Impact Web site, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Mailing list, Consultation report, Leicester Symposium (December 2013), Sheffield Symposium (January 2015) and proceedings and Lincoln Symposium (January 2016) (proceedings to be published shortly) Exhibitions and presentations at both Edinburugh (2013) and Cardiff (2014) Connected Communities show case and Festivals. Multidisciplinary - Heritage, History, Digital Design, Museums, Geography, Archeology
Start Year 2013
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network 
Organisation University of Hertfordshire
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The partners and collaborators above have supported the initial consultaion and establishment of the Connected Communities Heritage Network. Many continue to support the development of the network which is now in its third year and new ones have been added.
Collaborator Contribution Contibutions have included attendance at project management meetings, help with consultation activities, help with information disemination and help with the annual symposium.
Impact Web site, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Mailing list, Consultation report, Leicester Symposium (December 2013), Sheffield Symposium (January 2015) and proceedings and Lincoln Symposium (January 2016) (proceedings to be published shortly) Exhibitions and presentations at both Edinburugh (2013) and Cardiff (2014) Connected Communities show case and Festivals. Multidisciplinary - Heritage, History, Digital Design, Museums, Geography, Archeology
Start Year 2013
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network 
Organisation University of Leicester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The partners and collaborators above have supported the initial consultaion and establishment of the Connected Communities Heritage Network. Many continue to support the development of the network which is now in its third year and new ones have been added.
Collaborator Contribution Contibutions have included attendance at project management meetings, help with consultation activities, help with information disemination and help with the annual symposium.
Impact Web site, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Mailing list, Consultation report, Leicester Symposium (December 2013), Sheffield Symposium (January 2015) and proceedings and Lincoln Symposium (January 2016) (proceedings to be published shortly) Exhibitions and presentations at both Edinburugh (2013) and Cardiff (2014) Connected Communities show case and Festivals. Multidisciplinary - Heritage, History, Digital Design, Museums, Geography, Archeology
Start Year 2013
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network 
Organisation University of Lincoln
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The partners and collaborators above have supported the initial consultaion and establishment of the Connected Communities Heritage Network. Many continue to support the development of the network which is now in its third year and new ones have been added.
Collaborator Contribution Contibutions have included attendance at project management meetings, help with consultation activities, help with information disemination and help with the annual symposium.
Impact Web site, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Mailing list, Consultation report, Leicester Symposium (December 2013), Sheffield Symposium (January 2015) and proceedings and Lincoln Symposium (January 2016) (proceedings to be published shortly) Exhibitions and presentations at both Edinburugh (2013) and Cardiff (2014) Connected Communities show case and Festivals. Multidisciplinary - Heritage, History, Digital Design, Museums, Geography, Archeology
Start Year 2013
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The partners and collaborators above have supported the initial consultaion and establishment of the Connected Communities Heritage Network. Many continue to support the development of the network which is now in its third year and new ones have been added.
Collaborator Contribution Contibutions have included attendance at project management meetings, help with consultation activities, help with information disemination and help with the annual symposium.
Impact Web site, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Mailing list, Consultation report, Leicester Symposium (December 2013), Sheffield Symposium (January 2015) and proceedings and Lincoln Symposium (January 2016) (proceedings to be published shortly) Exhibitions and presentations at both Edinburugh (2013) and Cardiff (2014) Connected Communities show case and Festivals. Multidisciplinary - Heritage, History, Digital Design, Museums, Geography, Archeology
Start Year 2013
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The partners and collaborators above have supported the initial consultaion and establishment of the Connected Communities Heritage Network. Many continue to support the development of the network which is now in its third year and new ones have been added.
Collaborator Contribution Contibutions have included attendance at project management meetings, help with consultation activities, help with information disemination and help with the annual symposium.
Impact Web site, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Mailing list, Consultation report, Leicester Symposium (December 2013), Sheffield Symposium (January 2015) and proceedings and Lincoln Symposium (January 2016) (proceedings to be published shortly) Exhibitions and presentations at both Edinburugh (2013) and Cardiff (2014) Connected Communities show case and Festivals. Multidisciplinary - Heritage, History, Digital Design, Museums, Geography, Archeology
Start Year 2013
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network 
Organisation University of Wolverhampton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The partners and collaborators above have supported the initial consultaion and establishment of the Connected Communities Heritage Network. Many continue to support the development of the network which is now in its third year and new ones have been added.
Collaborator Contribution Contibutions have included attendance at project management meetings, help with consultation activities, help with information disemination and help with the annual symposium.
Impact Web site, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Mailing list, Consultation report, Leicester Symposium (December 2013), Sheffield Symposium (January 2015) and proceedings and Lincoln Symposium (January 2016) (proceedings to be published shortly) Exhibitions and presentations at both Edinburugh (2013) and Cardiff (2014) Connected Communities show case and Festivals. Multidisciplinary - Heritage, History, Digital Design, Museums, Geography, Archeology
Start Year 2013
 
Description 4th AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network Symposiim 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The 4th CC Heritage Network Symposium was held on June 29th 2018 at De Montfort University in Leicester. It was funded by the CC Catalyst Scheme. Over 50 people attended including researchers, academics, PG students and Museum Professionals. Presenters were given the opportunity to submit a paper for peer review. It is hoped that successful papers will be published later this year (2019)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.heritagenetwork.dmu.ac.uk/symposium-2/
 
Description Annual CC Heritage Network Symposia 2013-2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Three networking symposia were held with approx. 70-100 people attending each. The audience was a mix of academics, professionals, local government representatives and general public interested in heritage. The last symposium was particularly well represented by the museum community. This resulted in my later involvement as a board member on the Share Academy project funded by the Arts Council.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2015,2016
URL http://www.heritagenetwork.dmu.ac.uk/symposium/