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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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Do-it-yourself heritage: heritage as a process (designing for the Stoke ‘Ping’)

Do-it-yourself heritage: heritage as a process (designing for the Stoke ‘Ping’)

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Heritage as Community Research

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Danny Callaghan

Helen Graham

Jayne Fair

Jan Roberts

Phil Rowley

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the idea of do-it-yourself (DIY) heritage, that is, heritage as it is produced through people's actions, conversations, and relationships. The chapter looks at the Do-It-Yourself Heritage Day event and how it worked to create moments of connection — what the Ceramic City Stories team call the ‘Stoke Ping’. It draws on wider DIY traditions ‘to describe an ethos of horizontal community action, of mutual aid and of making alternatives now’. DIY approaches challenge models of exponential growth that often exist in funding, policy, and activism, and instead favour the magic of small moments and connections. Yet, they also show — through a recent innovative Heritage Lottery Fund initiative — how funding can be deployed to enable rather than constrain DIY horizontal, small-scale, and action-led approaches.

Keywords:   do-it-yourself heritage, Ceramic City Stories, DIY traditions, horizontal community action, connections, Heritage Lottery Fund, funding

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