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Valuing Interdisciplinary Collaborative ResearchBeyond Impact$
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Keri Facer and Kate Pahl

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331605

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331605.001.0001

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Socialising heritage/socialising legacy

Socialising heritage/socialising legacy

(p.85) Four Socialising heritage/socialising legacy
Valuing Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research

Martin Bashforth

Mike Benson

Tim Boon

Lianne Brigham

Richard Brigham

Karen Brookfield

Peter Brown

Danny Callaghan

Jean-Phillipe Calvin

Richard Courtney

Kathy Cremin

Paul Furness

Helen Graham

Alex Hale

Paddy Hodgkiss

John Lawson

Rebecca Madgin

Paul Manners

David Robinson

John Stanley

Martin Swan

Jennifer Timothy

Rachael Turner

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A key value offered by collaborative research is to recognise the powerful role relationships play in the development and legacy of knowledge. The project ‘How should heritage decisions be made?’ put the social dynamics between the collaborative team – comprised of researchers, practitioners, funders and community activists – at the heart of the project’s methodology. Thinking of this research as social and relational also reflects an interest in thinking about heritage in the same way. Taking this approach is helpful because the concept of heritage is often bound up with big and abstract aims, to be ‘forever and for everyone’. These very scaled-up ambitions often lead politically towards the professional management of heritage ‘on behalf of’ a larger public. It is shown that for participation in heritage decision-making to be increased these larger ideas – ‘stewardship’, ‘scale’, ‘significance’ and ‘the future’ – need themselves to be socialised and, through this, made more amenable to participation. The same methodologies were diagnosed for increasing participation in heritage for our own, equally relational, approach to legacy: to act, connect, reflect and situate.

Keywords:   heritage, organizations, community activists, decision making, relational, legacy, future, stewardship, scale, significance

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