I am a conservator and archaeologist, currently researching sustainability in UK voluntary groups who care for their local heritage. I think people should be involved in identifying and taking care of their own heritage. One of my main interests at the moment is renegotiating professional and volunteer roles and responsibilities for heritage; how can caring for heritage be part of active citizenship without exploiting volunteers, exacerbating diversity issues in the heritage sector or devaluing heritage professionals? This renegotiation is determining the trajectory for my current research into developing approaches to give groups caring for heritage agency in facilitating their own sustainability, through co-designing digital infrastructure and building capacity. My current work is very much collaborative; I bring my theoretical background and university connections, and the heritage groups I work with bring their local knowledge and connections, in addition to experience in all kinds of areas, not least in caring for heritage. Together, I hope we will develop new ways of working that make the most of all the expertise and capacity available (paid and unpaid) in fostering a richer heritage, fully embedded in our daily lives.

My background is in heritage conservation – objects and sites, especially with regard to decision-making processes. While my current work is building on this by developing tools through processes that will both help make increased participation in conservation decision-making possible, it is also taking me to fields like action research, participatory governance, community psychology and digital design.


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