Department of History

Writing Our History, Digging Our Past - Researching our Community Heritage

The Department of History has gained four awards under the AHRC’s latest round of its “Connected Communities” scheme, which is designed to enhance collaboration between academics, local historians, archaeologists and community volunteers.

Writing our History, Digging our Past Phase 2 (PI Richard Gaunt, Co-I Chris King [Archaeology], Judith Mills [History Early Career Researcher]) and Paul Johnson [Archaeology Early Career Researcher]) are working with fifteen Heritage Lottery Funded community partners working towards their ‘All Our Stories’ projects. The University will offer training, advice and specialist research facilities for the groups.

Trade and Traffic on the River Trent and Associated Waterways, 1850-1970 (PI Richard Gaunt, Co-I Philip Riden) is a Research Co-Production project with the Friends of Newark Heritage Barge. The project will focus on the history of the Trent, including both trade and traffic on the river and the lives of riverside communities and river-based families, with the objective of understanding how the Trent has shaped the history and social structure of the region.

The Social World of Nottingham’s Historic Green Spaces: a Community History Project (PI John Beckett, RAs Judith Mills, Jonathan Coope), is a research co-production with the University of Derby(Co-I Paul Elliott), Nottingham City Council, and several local heritage organizations, examining the ‘green spaces’ deliberately created around the city by the 1845 parliamentary enclosure legislation, and their significance for the past history and contemporary culture of Nottingham

The AHRC has also funded Nottingham’s presentation of outputs from Writing Our History, Digging Our Past Phase 1 (PI Elizabeth Harvey), at a national showcase event in March 2013. A team led by Richard Gaunt and Chris King will demonstrate the range of outputs generated by the programme and their development through the new round of funded projects.

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Posted on Friday 15th February 2013

Department of History

University of Nottingham
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