Museums and heritage sites sought for a pilot project of cross-border community engagement

Historic England and Historic Environment Scotland have jointly launched a cross-border research pilot project which is expected to help community groups research trends in the heritage and cultural sectors, including museums, galleries, libraries, archives, parks and gardens.

The “Outreach to Ownership” project will run by September 2022 and is funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

This pilot project was designed to enable community groups to undertake research on trends in the heritage and cultural sectors, and is part of Historic England’s movement to involve communities in the design and delivery of services. cultural.

Historic England has stated and Historic Environment Scotland will support eight partner organizations across England and Scotland to explore a variety of “inclusive approaches to community engagement”.

Over the next year, grants totaling £ 125,000 will be awarded to partner organizations to support their research.

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In addition to this funding, the two organizations will run a program of workshops to forge links, meet the training and skills needs of partners and allow them to share their knowledge.

The aim, said Historic England, is to demonstrate “the contribution that an inclusive and community-engaged cultural sector can make to local development and national policy”.

Amy Pitts, Director of Communications and Public Engagement at Historic England, said “Inclusive and active participation with local heritage and working closely with the heritage and culture sectors are key priorities for us.

“We are committed to empowering partners and their community networks through the program to demonstrate the important value of inclusive engagement with people and places. “

George Findlater, Community and Economic Development Manager at Historic Environment Scotland, said community groups “are at the forefront of tackling inequality and promoting environmental, social and economic regeneration.

‘By helping them undertake and share their own research on how heritage contributes to these goals, this project will help share good practice across the UK and allow us all to work together more productively to the future. “

A panel of internal and external experts will judge the proposals and those that will be selected should start their research projects in January 2022. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday December 6, 2021 at 5.30 pm.

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