Research for Community Heritage

Funding and supporting community heritage projects and researchers working together.

The Research for Community Heritage project was a unique partnership between the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), facilitated by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).

The HLF ran a small grants scheme to support community groups to run community heritage projects. As part of the Connected Communities programme, the AHRC funded 18 research organisations to help their researchers work more closely with these community groups. The project recognised the wealth of expertise, enthusiasm and knowledge of all project partners.

Research for Community Heritage Summit

The NCCPE ran a summit in October 2013 which brought together the research organisations and community groups to reflect on successes and challenges from the project. You can find out what happened in the event report.


Universities and museums are home to many researchers with a wealth of experience in researching our heritage: from the best ways to use library and archive resources; from specialist knowledge of specific time periods to expertise in artefact types such as pottery, bones or buildings; from social history to the latest digital technologies that can be used to reconstruct our past. These institutions were funded by the AHRC to work in partnership with community heritage projects.

  • Cardiff University
  • De Montfort University
  • National Museum of Science and Industry
  • Newcastle University
  • Swansea University
  • University College London
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Ulster