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Heritage as Community ResearchLegacies of Co-Production$
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Helen Graham and Jo Vergunst

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447345299

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447345299.001.0001

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Legacy and lavender: community heritage and the arts

Legacy and lavender: community heritage and the arts

(p.107) Five Legacy and lavender: community heritage and the arts
Heritage as Community Research

Helen Smith

Mark Hope

Policy Press

This chapter studies how new perspectives on organisational practices are revealed when participants in an arts practice research project decide to focus on a local heritage subject. The Lavender Project, as this arts project became known, is a case study in an Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities collaborative doctoral award between Robert Gordon University and community partner Woodend Barn, a rural arts centre in the North East of Scotland. The chapter shows how participants with different roles across their organisation reflect critically together upon difficult and complex topics, including the future direction of their arts centre. The dialogues are characterised by humour and metaphor, referencing the heritage subject and their experience of this research process. These reflections shed light on how collaborative participatory arts research, when combined with a local heritage subject identified by the participants, can open new spaces for criticality between communities, generating durable, negotiated change.

Keywords:   organisational practices, local heritage subject, Lavender Project, research process, collaborative participation, arts research, arts project

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