Heritage Decisions site launched

heritage-decisionsA new site to disseminate the findings of an AHRC funded research project (through its connected communities funding programme) has been launched this week by Helen Graham in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage.

Heritage becomes defined when decisions are made: what to preserve, what to show, what to think of as worth celebrating and sharing. In our research project we explored how such decisions could be opened up to democratic participation.

Visit the site at heritagedecisions.leeds.ac.uk

The ‘How should decisions about heritage be made?’ project formally began at a gathering at Bede’s World in Jarrow in March 2013. The participants were brought together by an innovative pilot scheme developed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities programme. The Connected Communities ‘Co-design and Co-creation Development Awards’ scheme sought not only to enable collaborative research between researchers, policy makers, practitioners and community groups but to actively enable the collaborative development of a research agenda, from its earliest stages.