Heritage at Risk and Wellbeing: assessing wellbeing outcomes from completed project work (HARAW)

Funding body Historic England
Total funding  £40,962
  • Prof Carenza Lewis, School of History and Heritage, University of Lincoln (UoL)
  • Prof Niroshan Siriwardena, CaHRU, UoL
  • Professor Heather Hughes, Department of Marketing and Tourism, UoL
  • Dr Joseph Akanuwe, CaHRU, UoL
  • Dr Claudia Sima, Lincoln International Business School, UoL
  • Dr Anna Scott, Centre for Culture and Creativity, UoL
  • Dr Julie Pattinson, CaHRU, UoL
  • Despina Laparidou, CaHRU, UoL
Team/consortium University of Lincoln, UK
Overarching aim To advance understanding of the relationship between activity and wellbeing in relation to tangible heritage at risk, and thus to build capacity for such heritage projects to achieve and demonstrate wellbeing more effectively in the future. This will be achieved by collecting new data from completed heritage at risk projects and analysing this using a grounded theory approach.
  1. Establish scope of wellbeing work already incorporated in the practice and methodology of the HAR projects.
  2. Demonstrate through case studies the kinds of public value and wellbeing outcomes achieved by successful heritage at risk projects.
  3. Explore possible ways to embed wellbeing and evaluation in future heritage at risk work focusing on community wellbeing.
  4. Address how demographics of volunteer involvement in heritage at risk work can be broadened.
  5. Discover and articulate the social and psychological processes involved in heritage and wellbeing through evidence-based analysis of completed projects.
  6. Develop realistic wellbeing objectives and associated indicators that would fit the range of projects delivered through the heritage at risk teams in Historic England’s regional offices.
Methods Mixed methods: qualitative interviews using grounded theory, questionnaire survey, multiple case study.
Outcomes Improved understanding of the wellbeing impact of heritage at risk projects.
Outputs Report

Lewis C, Siriwardena AN, Laparidou D, Pattinson J, Sima C, Scott A, Hughes H, Akanuwe J (2022). Wellbeing in volunteers on Heritage at Risk projects. Historic England.

Impact The study provides information about the inter-relationships between heritage at risk interventions and wellbeing leading to a greater capacity to support wellbeing through heritage at risk projects and potentially, by extension, other tangible heritage activities.



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