Using NTU academics’ experience with co-production, working with communities and supporting user-led, heritage-based activities, this consultation project will go beyond data collection to expand communities’ ownership of their local stories. The team will test what local history interests local people, such as the complex race relations in the former collieries or Richard Parkes Bonington, who appears in Tate Britain but is not well known locally. Consultation will involve youth groups, local events, amateur historians and Gedling Country Park users.
In May 2018, Gedling Borough Council finalised their strategy for bringing the heritage of the borough to life. The borough possesses a wealth of social history, industrial heritage and nature reserves, details of which have been collated in a publication by local history groups and funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.
This subsequent stage of the project focuses on The Heritage Way. As well as developing networks between diverse local communities and Gedling Borough Council, it will also enable joined up working between departments within the Council towards a larger project to create The Heritage Way.
The research group includes Charlie Pratley, Lecturer in Museum Studies at NTU; Lance Juby, Service Manager Community Relations at Gedling Borough Council; Denis Hill, freelance Project Officer for The Heritage Way project; Natasha Clegg, Projects Officer at Culture Syndicates CIC and Louise Meiklejohn, NTU heritage intern.