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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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From researching heritage to action heritage

From researching heritage to action heritage

(p.171) Eight From researching heritage to action heritage
Heritage as Community Research

Kimberley Marwood

Esme Cleall

Vicky Crewe

David Forrest

Toby Pillatt

Gemma Thorpe

Robert Johnston

Policy Press

This chapter presents a few of the Researching Community Heritage (RCH) projects in more depth, introducing the activities of narrative, creative practice and engaged learning that were shared ways of working during the research. It reflects on how these activities engaged the participants with heritage as a creative and social process, rather than heritage as a body of immutable facts about the past. Through this attentiveness to process during the RCH project, the researchers became conscious of how researching was a means of enfranchising participants, and of revealing and contesting inequalities within and beyond the projects. The chapter then proposes an ‘action heritage’ framework for undertaking co-produced heritage research. RCH began with the seemingly straightforward aim of helping local community organisations find out more about their heritage. By the conclusion of RCH, the researchers were all aware of the radical repositioning of roles engendered by co-production.

Keywords:   Researching Community Heritage, engaged learning, heritage research, researching, action heritage, co-produced heritage research, co-production

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