Connected Communities Heritage Network (CCHN) is funded by the AHRC to provide a forum and support  for both academics and community partners working on Connected Communities Heritage Projects. For more information contact

Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies Project

For the past two years or so, Dr Susanne Seymour has been working with a local community group under the Nottingham Slave Trade Legacies initiative. A key element of this work has been to make links to the transatlantic slave trade more visible in heritage sites.


One strand has been funded through the AHRC Global Cotton Connections project (, but the community group also secured its own Heritage Lottery Fund grant. This small project – Slave Trade Legacies: The Colour of Money (, has now been selected as a finalist in the National Lottery Heritage awards. The winner (from the 7 shortlisted finalists) is decided by public vote.

The press release below gives more information on the project and Susanne’s connection with it:

If you do feel able to support the project by voting here’s a quick link to the relevant National Lottery webpage:


Please do consider voting and sharing this link by 20 July deadline.

Anatomy of a Great HLF Funding Bid


Naturally there is a lot of competition for this funding from a diverse range of heritage projects – from initiatives to build tourist attractions, to archive digitalisation projects. And of course the HLF wants to ensure that it funds the most deserving projects.

Because of this, when applying for HLF funding for your archive, library, or museum project; it’s vital that you convey the value and positive outcomes of your project effectively in order to give your bid the best chance of being successful.

But composing an HLF bid is a complex process… So in our new blog HLF Special Advisor & Heritage consultant, Claire Adler, shares how to develop a successful HLF funding bid.


Exploring the Creative Economy in Africa

You are invited to attend a one-day seminar ‘Exploring the Creative Economy in Africa’ taking place at King’s College on the 27th of June 2016 (9.30 – 6pm).

In recent years there has been a growing interest on the role that cultural and creative industries play in developing economies, not only in reference to economic contribution but also in connection with social change and cultural engagement. In this one day seminar we bring together some academics, practitioners and policy makers who work in this field to reflect on the challenges and opportunities that the creative economy faces in emerging contexts like Africa. The full programme of the event is available here. The first part will explore the role of policy and mapping in framing and understand the role that creative and cultural industries can play in different contexts. The second part will focus on the role of creative education in supporting cultural development in Africa. The last part of the day will focus on cultural production networks in Africa discussing informality, networks and financial issues, as well as new economic and business models.
The one day seminar is organised by Dr Roberta Comunian (King’s College London) in collaboration with Ejemen Ojeabulu (African University of Creative Arts) and Sam Jones (Sound Thread) with the support of King’s Worldwide Partnership Fund, The Faculty of Arts & Humanities and the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries.

For more information visit:

Please register here

The cost of registration is £5 and this will help cover catering costs (including two coffee breaks, lunch and an evening reception) for participants.