Heritage as Community Research 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 Editors show that the process of research itself can be an empowering force by which communities stake a claim in the places they live.
Introduction: Heritage as community research;
Part 1: Ways of Knowing;
Chapter 1: The Lavender Project: Connecting communities through the arts;
Chapter 2: Co-producing musical heritage: what happens when musicians and academics work together?;
Chapter 3: Visibly authentic: Images of Romani people from nineteenth-century culture to the digital age;
Chapter 4: Digital building heritage;
Chapter 5: Shaping heritage in the landscape;
Part 2: Heritage as Action;
Chapter 6: Re-ravelling connections: the challenges of examining and presenting the global threads of Peak District cotton through a multi-heritage perspective project;
Chapter 7: Understanding the impact of community archaeology;
Chapter 8: Do-it-Yourself Heritage: The role of the activist as researcher, mediator and catalyst;
Chapter 9: Action Heritage: research, community, social justice;
Chapter 10: Cultural heritage, legacy and community empowerment: Keig School Community Cultural Heritage Project;
Chapter 11 / Conclusion: Co-producing futures: Directions for community heritage as research.