AHRC awards for community heritage projects

19 March 2013


Congratulations to Kris Lockyear who has been awarded an AHRC Community Heritage Development Award for his project on the late Iron Age and Roman past of Hertfordshire.

The Institute is also pleased to welcome Ellen Shlasko who will work as a Research Associate on this one-year community project which aims to enhance our knowledge of the late Iron Age and Roman settlement pattern of Hertfordshire through geophysical survey of a selection of sites across the region. The project involves the building of teams of amateur geophysicists via an informal coalition of local community heritage groups, local museums, statutory bodies and UCL.

The coalition of interested groups include the Welwyn Archaeological Society, the St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society, the North Hertfordshire Archaeological Society, the Welwyn Hatfield and St Albans branches of the Young Archaeologists Club, Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service, St Albans Museums, St Albans City Council and the Hertfordshire Historic Environment Record.

As part of their activities the project will run a week-long summer school in geophysical survey methods for community heritage groups at Verulamium. The school will be open to groups and individuals from both within and without the county and will be taught by scholars of international standing. The week-long course will combine classroom-based lectures and field classes in Verulamium Park, as well as training in data analysis.

Kris is also contributing to the project 'Continuing to Dig: supporting and sustaining innovative community heritage projects in London and the South East' led by Andrew Flinn (UCL Department for Information Studies) which has received an AHRC Research for Community Heritage Follow-on Funding Award.

Both projects have developed out of the original UCL-wide community heritage project 'Dig Where We Stand', which received AHRC funding from this scheme in 2011-12.

The Connected Communities programme, a cross-Council initiative led by the AHRC, is designed to help us understand the changing nature of communities in their historical and cultural contexts and the role of communities in sustaining and enhancing our quality of life.