Material legacies: Shaping things and places through heritage

Jo Vergunst*, Elizabeth Curtis, Oliver Davis, Robert Johnston, Helen Graham, Colin Shepherd

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This chapter describes the significance of material qualities of the legacies produced by collaborative research that focuses on heritage. Collaborative research works partly through the intangible processes of networking, skills development and so on, but also often through encounters with things, places and landscapes. Material creations and outputs are also frequently made in collaborative research, and this chapter provides a frame of reference and comparative examples. Heritage research addresses problems of the material directly and so can give resources in this field to those working on other kinds of collaborative research. The chapter presents a series of narratives of materials from collaborative heritage projects, which in themselves reflect the forms of knowledge created by those projects. It concludes by noting the significance of being in touch with materials, and the significance of things and places in collaborative research, along with how with the distinctive politics of materials unfold through them.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationValuing Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research
Subtitle of host publicationBeyond Impact
EditorsKeri Facer, Kate Pahl
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781447331612
ISBN (Print)9781447331629, 9781447331605
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2017

Publication series

NameConnected Communities
PublisherPolicy Press


  • heritage
  • materials
  • legacies
  • things
  • places
  • collaboration


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