A few weeks ago, some of our Know your Bristol team went to a Research for Community Heritage Showcase, organised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities Programme. Admittedly, it would be a bit embarrassing if a theme which is all about connecting people failed to get its researchers together to share ideas and good practice, not just with their community partners but with each other. Still, it’s very much the exception amongst the cross-Research Council themes and we were keen to hear about what other projects had been up to.
The showcase was designed to enable universities funded under Research for Community Heritage and communities funded under All Our Stories to share their experiences of working in partnership. We took along our collaboration with Local Learning on Avonmouth and Shirehampton WWI Stories, and with Horfield Organic Community Orchard on Orchard Roots Bristol. Both projects have helped bring forgotten parts of Bristol’s heritage to life and generated many more stories and images. These, and other Research for Community Heritage Projects, have also been captured in a new publication by the AHRC – check it out here.