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Community Heritage

World War One Engagement Centres

The WW1 Engagement Centres are funded as part of the Connected Communities Programme and the AHRC Care for the Future strategic theme to work with community groups funded through a range of Heritage Lottery Fund programmes. Full details of these centres can be found here

Heritage Lottery Fund ‘All Our Stories’ Initiative

The Connected Communities Programme is working in collaboration with the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) “All Our Stories” Programme and the BBC’s “The Great British Story – A People’s History” (presented by Michael Wood) to support community-led community heritage research projects. An AHRC call in autumn 2011 invited proposals for enhancing outreach and engagement between research groups in the arts and humanities, and community groups and organisations interested in exploring their local histories and heritage. Twenty-one research groups, involving over 200 researchers from 25 universities and other research organisations, plus many other collaborating cultural organisations, worked closely with the Heritage Lottery Fund, to catalyse and develop sustainable links between expertise in research organisations in the area of community histories and heritage and relevant community groups. The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) helped to co-ordinate and support these research outreach and engagement activities. The HLF invited applications under “All Our Stories” from community groups for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 with successful grants announced in October 2012.

Under phase 2 of the Research for Community Heritage initiative 18 research groups have been awarded AHRC funding to continue to work with and support community groups who were successful in gaining HLF awards under the ‘All Our Stories’ initiative. Further details of the 18 research groups being supported under the second phase of the initiative can be found below:

List of Research for Community Heritage Follow on Funding Awards (PDF, 101KB)

Research for Community Heritage Co-Production Development Awards

In addition to continuing support for the HLF ‘All Our Stories’ initiative, 11 Research groups have been funded by the AHRC to undertake development work in the area of community co-design and co-production of Community Heritage Research. Further details of the 11 Research for Community Heritage Development Awards can be found below:

List of Research for Community Heritage Co-production Development Awards (PDF, 78KB)

In October 2013 NCCPE hosted a summit to reflect on the successes and challenges from the projects, further details including a summit report can be found on the NCCPE website.