How should heritage decisions be made?

Connected Communities Festival Events June 2015

Then and Now image of Little Blake Street, removed to create Duncombe Place and a clear view of the Minister. Image created by Richard and Lianne Brigham, York Past and Present.

Then and Now image of Little Blake Street, removed to create Duncombe Place and a clear view of the Minister. Image created by Richard and Lianne Brigham, York Past and Present.


The Heritage Decisions team are running three events for the Connected Communities Festival – all sharing more widely our DIY approaches or community-led approaches to heritage.

Heritage Hit Squad! The role of people power and community expertise in protecting heritage assets

Saturday 20th June, 11am (for 11:30 start) – 5pm

MadLab (Manchester Digital Laboratory), 36-40 Edge Street, Northern Quarter

MadLab plays host to high-profile campaigning groups, including “Friends of London Road Fire Station” – once dubbed “the finest fire station in the round world.”

We’ll be hearing about DIY activism, how it links to official decision-making processes, and what happens when things don’t go to plan.

There’ll also be a practical session from local DSLR film-makers, Bokeh Yeah!, on how to use techniques old (photography) and new (drones) to protect and monitor heritage assets at risk.

@madlabuk / #heritagehitsquad / #HeritageDecisions


What has heritage ever done for us? (…and what would we like heritage to do for York?): Community visions for the future of York’s heritage

20th June 2015, 1.30 – 4.30pm

Friargate Meeting House, York

We invite anyone interested in York’s future to join us to explore what ‘heritage’ might have to do with it.

York is a city known for its heritage.

York also faces certain challenges: for example housing, wages and making the city centre an affordable and easy place to spend time during the day and at night.

How can we think about York’s heritage in ways which help us address these challenges?

How might York’s heritage become a resource that helps us live well together?

We’ll hear from lots of different people about their visions for the future of York’s heritage.

We’ll also work together to make plans. What do you know about York’s history – or the challenges the city faces today – and how can you contribute?

To book a free ticket #HeritageDecisions


Ceramic City Stories – DIY Heritage Action

Saturday 27th June, 10:00am – 4:00pm (Doors open 9:00am – 5:00pm)

‘The Canteen’ (Basement), The Minton Library, London Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7QE

Are you passionate about The Potteries? Are you interested in your city and its unique history? Join us for an exciting community-led celebration of Stoke-on-Trent’s heritage with other people that also care about it.

The newly launched DIY Heritage Manifesto* is the inspiration behind this event. The Minton Public Free Library and its unique basement space provide a very special focus and backdrop for activities.

Come and meet enthusiasts who take action and make positive local change happen in lots of different ways. Help begin to document and conserve hundreds of early transfer print Minton tiles designed by John Moyr Smith dating back to the late 1800s. Contribute to a temporary exhibition or people’s museum of tiles and ceramics taking place on the day. Share and help us to capture your personal stories about the city and its industries as part of a people’s collection – an ongoing digital archive initiative.

Ceramic City Stories is focussed on local, national and international shared stories relating to Stoke-on-Trent or ‘The Potteries’ as it is widely known.

[Note: This ‘pop up’ event space is located in the basement of an historical building and is accessed via a dedicated entrance at the front of the building. Unfortunately, six steps currently limit access to The Canteen. If this means you may need support – please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will work with you to try and find an acceptable solution to ensure you can join us for this event. Please contact Danny Callaghan 07999 350176] / @potteriestiles (Ceramic City Stories) / #HeritageDecisions


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