Archive for November 6, 2015

FINAL REMINDER for AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network Symposium – EOI Call

Please note the deadline for proposals is next Monday 30th November




Dear Colleagues,

I would like to invite EOI’s for contributions to the


3rd AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network Symposium


Date: January 14-15th  2016

Venue: University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK

The AHRC funded Heritage Network  provides a forum and support for both academics and community partners working on Connected Communities and Digital Transformation Heritage Projects.

Our last symposium held in Sheffield was a great success with over 60 delegates sharing the results and experiences of their AHRC and HLF funded projects. Details of last year’s event can be found at

The symposium is aimed at university researchers, community groups, creative professionals as well as cultural organisations focussing on Heritage. The symposium will be a great opportunity to share outcomes and discuss experiences from a wide variety of Heritage related research projects. This year contributions in the form of presentations, workshops, panel sessions, posters and performances are invited on the following themes:


  • Heritage project legacies
  • Future funding opportunities
  • Overseas community heritage research
  • Co-design and co-production methodologies and processes
  • Digital heritage technologies such as virtual and augmented reality
  • Geo-location and mobile technologies
  • Community roles and relationships
  • Museum and heritage centre closures
  • Sustainability and new business models
  • Project impact case studies
  • Evaluation and measurement methodologies
  • Research resources – availability and requirements
  • Research ethics
  • Design for heritage and museums
  • Performance and media research outcomes


Contributions related to other heritage research themes are also welcome


The symposium is free, food will be provided and successful contributors will be able to claim travel and accommodation expenses. Previously published but relevant work is welcome however for new work, following the symposium, contributors will be invited to submit papers for peer review and inclusion in an edited volume.

An outline of your proposed contribution of up to a maximum of 250 words should be sent to and CC’d to
This should include the  time required (typically 20 mins for presentation and 50 mins for workshops etc) and any resources required.


Deadline for submission of abstracts is November 30th 2015

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions


Nick Higgett       

AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network

Connected Communities Festival 2016: Expressions of Interest to Contribute

Taking inspiration from the 500th anniversary of the publication in 1516 in Latin of Thomas More’s Utopia, as well as a Connected Communities/ Care for the Future Symposium on ‘Utopias, Futures and Temporalities: Critical Considerations for Social Change’ held in May 2015, the 2016 Connected Communities Research Festival will have a central theme of Community Futures and Utopias.


The Festival is being undertaken in partnership with The Somerset House Trust as a part of Utopia 2016: a year of Imagination and Possibility – four seasons of events, exhibitions and new commissions celebrating the idea of Utopia to mark the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s influential text. Utopia 2016 is a partnership between the Somerset House Trust and its neighbours King’s College London and the Courtauld Institute and Gallery.

The 2016 Festival will support high quality participatory arts research and research co-production activities across the UK on the theme of community futures and utopias and will provide an opportunity to explore creative ways to build upon, and widen and deepen community engagement with, research being undertaken by the Connected Communities Programme and with wider AHRC/RCUK–funded research.

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are now invited to contribute to the Festival which will run from February 2016 through to June 2016, culminating in a major weekend-long Utopia Fair at Somerset House on 24th-26th June. This call for EOIs will support participatory arts research and research co-production activities through two main strands of the 2016 Festival:

  • A Programme of Local Festival Activities which bring together at a regional / local /community level researchers from the arts and humanities (and other disciplines where appropriate), research organisations, community groups, creative practitioners and other community partners. These local activities can take place at any time from February 2016 to late June 2016 and will be brought together as a UK-wide Festival programme of local activities.
  • Participation in the Utopia Fair, 24th-26th June through the partnership with The Somerset House Trust as a part of Utopia 2016: a year of imagination and possibility. Building on local Festival activities EOIs are invited to include ideas for participatory arts research co-production projects which will produce creative, co-produced/ participatory, research outputs which can be showcased at a weekend Festival, The Utopia Fair, to be held in the Edmond J Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House in London which will take place on 24th – 26th June 2016. The Utopia Fair will bring together representatives of contemporary utopian movements, celebrating projects already flourishing in the margins and liminal spaces around the UK, and the importance of the spaces that artists create for dreaming. It will enable visitors to join in and taste utopia now, inspiring them to take a piece of utopia home with them and into their lives. 25 stands are available at the Utopia Fair to showcase creative community –co-produced outcomes from local Connected Communities Festival activities. As well as the stands, there are also opportunities to showcase other outputs, such as film screenings or performances, at the Utopia Fair.

Proposals which additionally or alternatively propose to showcase creative co-produced outputs locally or at other relevant events regionally or nationally in 2016 will also be welcomed.


Further information about how to apply is available on the Connected Communities website: 


Forgotten Abergavenny – a Facebook Site Covering Heritage

Forgotten Abergavenny was originally started back in September 2013 as part of a community research project run by the Cardiff School of Social Sciences and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council called: ‘Performing Abergavenny: creating a connected community beyond divisions of class, locality and history’.

After a very short time, Forgotten Abergavenny quickly grew to become a much loved community Facebook page in its own right and when funding ceased in July 2014, it was decided to keep the page going on a voluntary basis.

The website now has followers from over 90 countries and people from across the world submit photos, memories and comments to help make Forgotten Abergavenny one of the most flourishing Facebook accounts connected to South Wales.


To visit the Forgotten Abergavenny’s page, please go to: