Heritage makes a significant contribution to our daily lives and we aim to understand this better by researching:-

  • how it contributes to a sense of identity
  • the value it has for our national and local economy
  • how it promotes wellbeing and
  • how it strengthens, connects and empowers our communities.

The Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester is the research partner on the project.

Over the course of the project researchers will be investigating aspects such as why, how and by whom the Worcester Life Stories and Know Your Place platforms are being used.

This will contribute towards a better understanding of how heritage is meaningful to people in their everyday surroundings and why they engage with or feel excluded from their heritage.

The research will help commissioners, managers and researchers to understand the importance of heritage on individual and community wellbeing as well as highlighting the values communities attach to their heritage. 

This research has been commissioned by Historic England.