Heritage as Community Research explores the nature of
contemporary heritage research involving university and community partners. It
puts forward a new view of heritage as a process of research and involvement
with the past, undertaken with or by communities for whom it is relevant.
Rather than just reflecting on existing discourses about heritage, this book
derives from community-based research into heritage in which histories are
explored through new modes of production: crossing disciplines and sustaining
partnerships. The book shows that the process of research itself can be an
empowering force by which communities stake a claim in the places they live.
Helen Graham is Associate Professor in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds. Jo Vergunst is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen