Seeking new ideas for investigating local heritage Seeking new ideas for investigating local heritage

Photograph of papers and books scattered over a table.The Research for Community Heritage project draws together a team of researchers from the University of East Anglia who have considerable experience of working with community groups, as well as the wider academic network at the University.

Supported by Community University Engagement (CUE) East, UEA's community engagement team, the project seeks to make links between researchers and communities to come up with new ideas for projects investigating local heritage.

Who is working on the project?

The project team includes a number of academics from the Faculty of Humanities, whose expertise includes British history and archaeology from the prehistoric period to the Cold War, historic landscapes and buildings and local and regional history.

We are working with a range of community partners who have extensive experience of community heritage, including the Norfolk Rural Community Council, Poppyland Publishing, The National Trust, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum, Norwich HEART (Heritage, Economic and Regeneration Trust) and the Centre of East Anglian Studies. Our partners will help us to make links with local communities, and provide advice throughout the project.

Academics working on this project have worked with community groups on a range of projects to provide practical support, training and advice.

  • The Norfolk Rural Schools Project, in conjunction with the Norfolk Historic Buildings Group, has been recording historic school buildings, helping with documentary research, recording oral history and getting the community and other stakeholders involved in the project.
  • We have also been working with the Aylsham Local History Society on a project investigating the history and archaeology of the Aylsham Navigation, which has included archival research and fieldwork, the results of which are being turned into a book produced by the Society.
  • The Culture in the Countryside project at the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts encouraged schools and community groups to engage with their local countryside by using the Sainsbury Centre art collections from around the world.
  • Community University Engagement East, CUE East, has a long track record of helping academics and community groups to work together on a wide range of different projects.

Community Heritage

We'd love to hear ideas from groups and individuals about their community heritage. We can help develop these ideas into projects which could be supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Any community groups can get involved in the project – you don't have to have any experience of doing historical research or Heritage Lottery Fund projects before.