AHRC Edinburgh Showcase – Successful Day

DBHG Showstand CC EdinburghThe Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Connected Communities showcase in Edinburgh today has been a great success. There was a remarkable range of groups showing on-going projects and demonstrating what they do in engaging community research in co-production projects across a range of fields of interest including heritage. We had a healthy stream of visitors to the Digital Building Heritage Group’s (DBHG’s) showstand, most simply wanting to know what we did and a few really interested in longer, future conversations about shared interests and possible areas of collaboration. The contacts we made at the showcase we are going to follow up and some of the discussions are beginning to inform our thinking about future directions. In the main, comments were that we seem to be doing the right things, the outputs we are generating with our community heritage partners are seen as valuable and in some cases unique and the methodological insights gained actually carrying out the work are revealing new possibilities in co-production working with community heritage partners (“significant others” was the half joking term bandied around during some of the sessions). Logistically having an extensive showstand at Edinburgh has been demanding – a lot of loading and unloading of equipment from vans and much use of the ubiquitous and sometimes temperamental Allen key but the end result has been a good looking and functional environment to present the work. Our friends from the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust joined us as representatives of our community heritage partners – sadly we could not have more representatives from the 11 community heritage groups we are working with but Steve and Mike enjoyed the day and lent a real sense active participation to getting over what we are doing. Many thanks guys. Thanks also to Gary Grubb  of the AHRC for some very useful insights and of course to the whole AHRC team who made this event happen – much appreciated.

About Douglas Cawthorne

Reader in Digital Heritage at De Montfort University.
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