Engaged Heritage Workshop 23rd May – developing research strategies in heritage

The resources below are based on a workshop held on the 23rd May at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter as part of the GW4 Bridging the Gap programme. In this workshop a group of heritage workers from around the region gathered together to consider how they could further the research programmes of their own organisations. We’d like to share the discussion and learning from the day.

Click here to see the programme of talks and activities and see below for audio, slides and .pdf material from the day’s proceedings.

 

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SLIDES FROM THE WORKSHOP

In the video below you can find the slides from Nicola Thomas’s introduction, from Rachel Hogden’s presentation, and from the research strategy development activity.

 

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PART 1: INTRODUCTION BY NICOLA THOMAS

Nicola Thomas (Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Exeter) introduces the research landscape, and the ways in which academics and universities formulate strategy for research) (see also slides)

 

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PART 2: DISCUSSION – WHAT IS RESEARCH?

Do we all understand ‘research’ to be the same thing? A panel from across universities and heritage organisations discuss how research fits into other aspects of their organisations ambitions and infrastructure. With Nicola Thomas, Tim Cole (Professor of Social History at the University of Bristol), Julien Parsons (Senior Collections Officer at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter) and Brigid Howarth (Senior Impact and Partnership Development Manager at the University of Exeter).

 

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PART 3: PERSPECTIVES ON COLLABORATION FROM ACROSS THE ‘GAP’

1- Emma Dunn (Devon and Exeter Institution) and Rachel Hogden (University of Exeter) present their perspectives on how undergraduates can work with heritage organisations as agents of research, and more!

2- Jenny Lee (Cornwall Museum Partnership) and Sam Rose (Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Trust) discuss how doctoral programmes, and particularly ‘Collaborative Doctoral Awards’, mesh into the broader work of heritage organisations.

 

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PART 4: DEVELOPING A STRATEGIC COLLABORATION

Nicola Thomas, leads a series of activities to encourage workshop participants to examine what shapes the kind of research would be productive for their organisation: from considering stakeholders, to accounting for resource availability, to having big dreams.

Download the activity sheets here (see also slides).

 

    • 0m00 / What are your ambitions? Writing a postcard to your organisation to express what you hope to achieve
    • 1m22 / Different ways forward: discussion of examples of existing research strategy/policy from heritage organisations
    • 6m39 /Mapping your organisation’s assets in relationship to research
    • 10m01 / Exploring the role of your stakeholders
    • 14m58 / What or who is necessary (but currently missing) if you are going to achieve your goals?
    • 26:47 / Charting the pathway from resources to realising your ‘big dream’
    • 36m14 / What kind of relationship with a university would suit your ambitions best? Three sorts of ‘co’ (1) coordination (2) cooperation (3) coproduction

 

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EXAMPLES OF RESEARCH PLANNING BY HERITAGE ORGANISATIONS:

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