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.
"This work is a needed stimulus for collaborative research between academics and communities and for critical interdisciplinary heritage studies." Celeste Ray, Sewanee: The University of the South
Introduction: Heritage as community research ~ Jo Vergunst and Helen Graham;
Part one: Ways of knowing;
Chapter one: Legacy and lavender: community heritage and the arts ~ Helen Smith and Mark Hope;
Chapter two: Co-writing about co-producing musical heritage: what happens when musicians and academics work together? ~ John Ball, Tony Bowring, Fay Hield and Kate Pahl;
Chapter three: Visibly authentic: images of Romani people from 19th-century culture to the digital age ~ Jodie Matthews;
Chapter four: Digital building heritage ~ Nick Higgett and Jenny Wilkinson;
Chapter five: Shaping heritage in the landscape amongst communities past and present ~ Jo Vergunst, Elizabeth Curtis, Neil Curtis, Jeff Oliver and Colin Shepherd;
Part two: Heritage as action;
Chapter six: CAER heritage: legacies of co-produced research ~ Oliver Davis, Dave Horton, Helen McCarthy and Dave Wyatt;
Chapter 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, Phil Rowley and Bret Shah;
Chapter eight: From researching heritage to action heritage ~ Kimberley Marwood, Esme Cleall, Vicky Crewe, David Forrest, Toby Pillatt, Gemma Thorpe and Robert Johnston;
Chapter nine: Co-productive research in a primary school environment: un-earthing the past of Keig ~ Elizabeth Curtis, Jane Murison and Colin Shepherd;
Conclusion: Co-producing futures: directions for community heritage as research ~ Helen Graham, Jo Vergunst and Elizabeth Curtis.