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5th AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network Symposium

Date: Friday 12th February 2021                           Location: Online via Zoom

Contact: Nick Higgett at

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PROGRAMME – More details here – Abstracts
Format: 10 minute presentation followed by short Q&A

9.00       Welcome


9.15       CAER Heritage: Reacting to Community Need in the time of Covid-19
Dr Oliver Davis, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology/Co-director CAER Heritage Project, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University

9.30       What’s On(line)? UK Museum Exhibitions during the COVID Crisis, March-June 2020
Ellie King , PhD Student, Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick/Oxford University Museum of Natural History

9.45       Puzzling through the pandemic – a Community Heritage Experience Judith Green, St. James Heritage and Environment Group

10.00     Online teaching and learning with digitised collections
Catherine Eagleton and Kamila Oles (University of St Andrews), Neil Curtis (University of Aberdeen), Maria Economou (University of Glasgow), Susannah Waters (Glasgow School of Art)


10.15     The Politics of Heritage-Futures: beyond preservation integration and rejuvenation -What are the possibilities and limitations imposed when power and ownership are contested?
Elizabeth Gardiner, Doctoral Researcher and Professor Katarzyna Kosmala University of the West of Scotland

10.30     Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience: responses and recommendations
Rebecca Farley, , Judith King,  and  Andrew Burton (PI), School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University

10.45     Break


11.00     A Whole Life of a Bicycle: The Design, History and Narrative in Visa Dzīve Vienā Divritenī Exhibition
Dr. Zhiyu Zhao, Beihang University, China

11.15     Preserving Chinese shadow puppetry culture through digitisation
Ken Tin-Kai Chen Associate Professor, Department of Comic Design Tainan University of Technology, Taiwan

11.30     ‘Engagement and Impact’: the challenges of translating Fiji heritage across communities
Karen Jacobs, Senior Lecturer, Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia

11.45     The Earth Museum: Connecting collections, people and place to foster generations of global storytellers
Dr Janet Owen, Executive Director, The Earth Museum

12.00     Don’t touch! From hands-on to virtual – 3D access to Bristol Museum’s Japanese Netsuke
Xavier Aure, Research Fellow, Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE and Kate Newnham, Senior Curator, Visual Arts, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

12.15     Preserving, Presenting and Prolonging the Life of Living Heritage: The Multivariate Pattern of the Dali Puzhen Bai People Tie-dye Museum
Shuye Zhang PhD student, History of Design, Royal College of Art


12.30     Embroidering the River Lugg: an exploration of its affective importance to its community
Jackie H Morris, PhD Researcher, Manchester Metropolitan University

12.45     Stitching Traditions – Our experience of co-curating with communities
Esther Shaw. Community Participation Worker, Leicestershire County Council

1.00       Lunch


2.00       Surrounding with sound: augmenting the visual world with soundscapes and dialogue.
Thom Corah, Senior Lecturer, De Montfort University

2.15       Reconstructing the Rose Playhouse
Dr E W Tatham, Mixed Reality Ltd

2.30       Thinking with History: Projecting London;s Industrial History using Immersive Technologies
Dr. Atif Mohammed Ghani Heritage 5G Ltd and Dr Jim Clifford Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan.

2.45        ‘Glossop Times’ Cotton Mills App: Should we have built a Website instead?
Nick Higgett, Connected Communities Heritage Network

3.00       Connecting with the crowd: creating and supporting citizen research online
Pip Willcox, Head of Research and Louise Seaward, The National Archives

3.15       Developing a CRAFTED pedagogy for engaging schools with digital cultural heritage
Jo-Anne Sunderland Bowe, Heritec, UK , Jenny Siung, Chester Beatty, Republic of Ireland and Pier Giacomo Sola, Michael Culture AISBL, Belgium

3.30       Break

3.45       Walk My City: An Innovative Digital Architectural Heritage Tour for the City of Liverpool
Jemma Street, PhD Researcher, Transformation North West doctoral programme, Department of Architecture, University of Liverpool


4.00       A Proposal For Radical Hospitality
Matilda Pye , National Outreach Curator, Royal Museums Greenwich

4.15       African Perspectives on David Livingstone
Simon Ferrigno, Belong Nottingham

4.30       Reclaiming the British country house as a site of African Caribbean heritage: The making of the co-produced film Blood Sugar
Lisa Robinson (Bright Ideas Nottingham), Susanne Seymour (University of Nottingham) Shawn Sobers (University of the West of England)

4.45       Participation as an effective way to counter Authorized Heritage Discourse?
Nana Zheng (PhD Student), Faculty of Humanities|CLUE+, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Holland

5.00       Closing words

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