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Heritage participation: live chat with the Heritage Lottery Fund

September 15th, 2015

Heritage as a Living Stream: Distributed decision-making and leadership at Bede’s World

From getting your own heritage idea off the ground, to attracting others to support your new or existing heritage project, it’s all about participation.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will be discussing the subject of heritage participation in a live chat on Thursday 17 September from 12.30 to 1.30pm.

Participation experts Danny Callaghan (Heritage Activist and Consultant with a focus on public engagement and community research), Helen Graham (School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage, University of Leeds) and Rachael Turner (Director of MadLab, and of the HLF-supported The Ghosts of St Pauls) will be on hand to answer questions from the HLF’s Online Communities Manager, Amy Freeborn.

Anyone with an interest in heritage and participation is invited to join the discussion by asking questions about informing heritage ideas, having a stake in decisions, getting people involved, keeping momentum going and making real change in heritage. You just need to register for the HLF online community which you can do here.

The live chat participants were all recently involved in the extensive cross-sector research project called How should heritage decisions be made? Increasing participation from where you are, led by Helen Graham at the University of Leeds.

Helen Graham said:

‘Thursday’s online chat is a fantastic opportunity to explore the practices of heritage and participation – and the ideas of the How should heritage decisions be made? research project – with a wide range of practitioners, communities and activists. I’m really hoping we can use this opportunity to collectively take stock and to consider how different ways of conceptualising heritage might open the way for greater involvement in heritage and its decision making by a wider range of people’.

More information about how you can join in with the live chat can be found on the Heritage Lottery Fund website.

Image: Heritage as a Living Stream: distributed decision-making and leadership at Bede’s World (courtesy of ‘How should Heritage Decisions be made?’)

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