Methods and activities

Heritage Legacies worked with heritage project participants in order to reflect on the progress and outcomes of their work. In all cases, we engaged with other heritage researchers – from universities and communities – to develop our thinking and the outcomes to our work. This report represents another stage of synthesis that will be shared and further developed with participants.

We carried out case studies, interviews, workshops and a questionnaire, together with associated desk research. We had contact with around 50 projects in total, although we worked especially with communities and participants in four AHRC projects with which our team members are associated:
– The Bennachie Landscapes Project in Aberdeenshire (Vergunst, E. Curtis, N. Curtis, Shepherd)
– The Caer and Ely Rediscovering Heritage Project in Cardiff (Davis)
– The University of Sheffield’s Researching Community Heritage project (Johnston)
– The ‘How are decisions made about heritage?’ project based at the University of Leeds (Graham).

We ran workshops in a wide range of forms, notably in Leeds in May 2014, in Cardiff in July 2014, in Sheffield in January 2015 and in Aberdeenshire in May 2015.
We carried out visits to each others’ projects and to a number of other All Our Stories projects, especially some situated in the north of Scotland.
We provided a series of ‘micro-legacy’ bursaries to projects other than our own, which were used to explore the possibility that a relatively small but targeted sum of money could make a difference to the legacies of heritage research.

Heritage Legacies is one of seven projects looking at the legacies of the AHRC’s Connected Communities programme. They met regularly in 2014 and 2015 under AHRC Leadership Fellow Professor Keri Facer.