Building and Enriching Shared Heritages: A Toolkit for Community Organisations

Posted by er134 at Apr 09, 2014 04:48 PM |
University of Leicester launches website with online training resources for community historians

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 9 April 2014

A new website that provides information for community groups involved with heritage projects has been launched by the School of History at the University of Leicester.

The Building and Enriching Shared Heritages website covers many topics and includes advice about doing research, using archives, interpreting historical sources, oral history, engaging the public, archiving, copyright, publishing, and looking for funding for a project. The website also contains podcasts and videos, and all the information is available as downloadable documents.

The address for the website is:

‘Building and Enriching Shared Heritages’ is the result of an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project to build relationships between the School of History and local community groups who have been researching history under the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) ‘All Our Stories’ scheme. Groups with interests as diverse as allotments, town twinning and industrial history took part and, in total, training and mentoring in historical research methods were given to 27 groups from across the East Midlands.

Project leader Professor Rosemary Sweet, from the University of Leicester, said: “Our aim was to empower local community groups through enhancing their research skills and to develop networks between and amongst local history and community heritage groups and University researchers. This project has created an opportunity to develop a stimulating local and regional research culture in which local community members and academic researchers can engage in dialogue about research findings in the fields of heritage and local history.”


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