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Funding success for Radical BAME Youth Heritage Project

21 July 2017

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The Heritage Futures and AHRC Heritage Priority Area teams led by Rodney Harrison will collaborate with BeatFreeks Arts, who have been awarded £696,700 to run the Radical Heritage Project (RHP) as part of The Heritage Lottery fund’s £10 million Kick the Dust fund.

Rodney's teams will work with Beatfreeks Arts, Birmingham Museums Trust, Chance Glass Works Heritage Trust, and the Black Studies Research Cluster at Birmingham City University on the project, which aims to help 16-25 year olds from Birmingham and The Black Country to engage meaningfully and strategically with heritage organisations to co-create, deliver and evaluate innovative forms of youth engagement and help to ‘future proof’ heritage for the communities of tomorrow.

RHP will create a framework which can be adopted across the sector to radically improve how heritage organisations reach young BAME audiences, participants and leaders. It will provide a landmark opportunity for young people in Greater Birmingham to decolonize the history of the region by connecting them to the stories of the areas they live in.

Rodney is one of three leadership Fellows, appointed by the AHRC to focus on priority areas of design, heritage and modern languages. Rodney's remit is to identify new and emerging trends in heritage research and help provide advice to the AHRC to respond to the latest developments in the field. Rodney is also leading the AHRC-funded Heritage Futures collaborative research project which explores different forms of heritage as distinctive future-making practices.