AHRC Community Heritage 2013 Summit – The Bristol Gig

CC Summit Bristol 23 Oct 2013 Banner #1This week the Digital Building Heritage Group were in Bristol to attend the AHRC Connected Communities Research for Community Heritage 2013 Summit. We were accompanied by Sian Dureau and Adrianna Muller, Community Partner representatives from our Pembroke Historic Dockyard project – one of the eleven project we are running for the AHRC this year. The tranquil surroundings of the Garden Pavilion at Bristol Zoo provided a delightful setting for the discussions, uniquely with the sight and sound of pink flamingos in the background!  It was great to catch up with colleagues from the NCCPE, AHRC and the HLF and of course the other University teams involved in the heritage strand of the Connected Communities programme – everyone is getting know one another quite well now. The enthusiasm and energy from both the university teams and their Community Partners was direct and immediate, with so many good stories circulating of how the CC Heritage programme is not only enabling community heritage groups but also how in many cases it’s now changing the way universities think about heritage research. It’s apparent that overcoming problems in doing so has been part of the learning process and there was much valuable information shared about practical ways forward in continuing to develop the engagement of universities with community heritage not only in the UK but now looking at overseas partnerships. We came away from the summit feeling we’d really benefitted from sharing our experiences with the rest of the attendees and learned a huge amount from the structured discussions and lively debates.

About Douglas Cawthorne

Reader in Digital Heritage at De Montfort University.
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