Archive for July 1, 2015

Canal & Waterways Research Network

Canal & River Trust <http://www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/> is the charity entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales. Our canals are home to over 2,700 listed structures, 50 scheduled ancient monuments and five UNESCO world heritage sites. The National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port is home to the Waterways Archive, an internationally significant collection of historic records relating to Britain’s waterways and the people who built, used, and lived on and near them both within Britain and as connections to the sea and the world beyond.
 
We are keen to establish a scholarly research network for academics and researchers in other organisations to connect with the Canal & River Trust and with each other, sharing their research and finding opportunities for collaboration. The reach of our organisation and the quality of resources available means that there is real scope to develop meaningful, impactful projects together.
 
We would like to invite you to the inaugural meeting of the Canal Research Network at the Rolt Conference Centre at the National Waterways Museum on Wednesday 22nd July from 11am – 2pm. There will be an opportunity to hear about future plans for the museum and archive.
 
We are unable to cover travel costs, but lunch will be provided. RSVP john.benson@canalrivertrust.org.uk by Monday 13 July. Full details of the programme will be sent in due course.

Heritage Decisions Research Project

Heritage Decisions: Increasing participation from where you are

http://heritagedecisions.leeds.ac.uk/ 

Heritage is about what we value: places, buildings, objects, memories, cultures, skills or ways of life. So why can it be so hard to get actively involved in heritage decision-making?

Through learning from each other’s approaches and conducting research experiments, the Heritage Decisions research team have developed a website and publications to explore what you can do to increase participation in museums and heritage; whether you are a leader and shaper of policy and organizations, you’re trying to do good work within structures you don’t control or whether you simply care about the culture and history of the place in which you live.

Key ideas

The key ideas that have emerged from the Heritage Decisions project – all ways in which to increase participation in museums and heritage – are informed by thinking systemically about ‘heritage’ as a way of then identifying how to open up organisations and processes to greater involvement: (http://heritagedecisions.leeds.ac.uk/key-ideas/situate/):

  • Act: Make change from where you are
  • Connect: Cross boundaries and collaborate
  • Reflect: See your work through other people’s eyes
  • Situate: Understand your work in context

Project background

Over the last two years a team of twenty people – researchers, policy makers, funders, museum practitioners, people who are activists about their own history and heritage – have worked together to design and then carry out a research project (http://heritagedecisions.leeds.ac.uk/research-team/).

The Heritage Decisions team were brought together by a pilot scheme developed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities programme. The Connected Communities ‘Co-design and Co-creation Development Awards’ scheme sought not only to enable collaborative research between researchers, policy makers, practitioners and community groups but to actively enable the collaborative development of a research agenda, from its earliest stages.

While we all had a shared interest in heritage and decision-making, the team was formed deliberately to draw into dialogue people from different backgrounds, positions and approaches. The aim was to use the team’s collective experiences, perspectives and positions to create a research project which might explore how to increase participation in heritage decision-making.

2nd Connected Communities Heritage Network Symposium – Presentation Videos

 

The Connected Communities Heritage Network is happy to announce that the videos of the presentations, recorded during the 2nd Connected Communities Heritage Network Symposium, are now live and can be viewed by following the links, provided on our Symposium page.