How research can inform our understanding, protection and enjoyment of the historic environment.

Collaboration between the historic environment and higher education sectors

There is a long tradition of collaboration between researchers and others in the heritage sector. Recent years have seen further rapid growth in co-operative research and training initiatives. It is important to strengthen these links to enhance our ability to protect heritage and understand its cultural, social and economic value within our plural society.

The Heritage 2020 Discovery, Identification and Understanding working group has been scoping the nature of collaboration between organisations in the heritage and higher education sectors.

The scoping study, undertaken by Newcastle University, with support from AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) aims to develop a picture of connectivity between the UK heritage sector and UL higher education sector. It investigates where connections exist, what form they take, the geography of connections, and whether there are patterns in their depth or longevity. The report will be published soon.

Other relevant initiatives:

HistBEKE– A project organised by the University of Liverpool and funded by Historic England, it aims to ‘provide a framework for knowledge exchange for the historic built environment’.

Historic England’s Research Agenda– outlines the need to encourage research in higher education that will support policy development.

Museum- University Partnership Initiative (MUPI)- The project ran between 2016 and 2018 and brought together museums and universities to work towards mutually beneficial aims.

Guide to Collaboration for Archives and Higher Education (2018 Edition)

The Heritage 2020 Framework document outlines the vision and priorities for collaboration for each working group.