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Final call for contributions to Heritage Network Symposium Feb 2021

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to invite expressions of interest for contributions to the

5th AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network Symposium

Date of Symposium: Friday 12th February 2021 (TBC)
Venue: Online via Zoom
Deadline for submission of abstracts: Friday 11th December 2020

Please send the title and outline of your proposed contribution of up to 250 words to

N.B. The symposium will take the form of a series of short Pecha Kucha style presentations (20 slides max or equivalent) each lasting about 10 minutes followed by a brief online discussion.

The symposium is aimed at university researchers, museum and creative professionals as well as community groups focussing on Heritage. The symposium will be a great opportunity to share outcomes and discuss experiences from a wide variety of heritage related organisations and research projects.

Key themes

Covid 19 – the response of the museum and heritage sector

Digital heritage and museum technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, geo-location, online and mobile technologies

Diversity and inclusion in museums and heritage

Re-interpreting heritage following the Black Lives Matter Movement

Improving accessibility for disabilities in museums and heritage

Heritage project legacies

Overseas community heritage research

Co-design and co-production methodologies and processes

Community roles and relationships

Museum and heritage centre closures

Sustainability and new business models

Project impact case studies

Project evaluation and measurement methodologies

Design for heritage and museums
Future heritage funding opportunities

The use of performance and media in heritage

Contributions related to other heritage research themes are also welcome

Our last symposium which was held in Leicester in 2018 was a great success with over 50 delegates sharing the results and experiences of their AHRC, HLF and museum funded projects. Details of the last event can be found at

The Connected Communities Heritage Network was originally funded by the AHRC to provide a forum and support for both academics, community partners working on Connected Communities and Digital Transformation Heritage Projects. It has also provided a useful forum for museums and heritage organisations.

The symposium is free. Previously published but relevant work is welcome however, following the symposium, contributors presenting new work will be invited to submit papers for peer review and inclusion in an edited volume.

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

Nick Higgett       

Connected Communities Heritage Network