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Heritage as Community Research: Legacies of Co-Production

Helen Graham and Jo Vergunst


This book explores the nature of contemporary heritage research involving university and community partners. Putting forward a new view of heritage as a process of research and involvement with the past, undertaken with or by the communities for whom it is relevant, the book uses a diverse range of case studies, with many chapters co-written between academics and community partners. Through this extensive work, the book shows that the process of research itself can be an empowering force by which communities stake a claim in the places they live.

Keywords: heritage research, communities, community partners

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781447345299
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447345299.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Graham, editor
University of Leeds

Jo Vergunst, editor
University of Aberdeen

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Introduction: heritage as community research

Jo Vergunst and Helen Graham

One Shaping heritage in the landscape among communities past and present

Jo Vergunst, Elizabeth Curtis, Neil Curtis, Jeff Oliver and Colin Shepherd

Four Digital building heritage

Nick Higgett and Jenny Wilkinson

Six The Caerau and Ely Rediscovering Heritage Project: legacies of co-produced research

Oliver Davis, Dave Horton, Helen McCarthy and Dave Wyatt

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

Karen Brookfield, Danny Callaghan and Helen Graham, with members of the Ceramic City Stories team ( Jayne Fair, Jan Roberts and Phil Rowley)

Eight From researching heritage to action heritage

Kimberley Marwood, Esme Cleall, Vicky Crewe, David Forrest, Toby Pillatt, Gemma Thorpe and Robert Johnston

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