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The old streets of Saltaire Village by Paul Stevenson

The Heritage Consortium

Our research covers a range of innovative and interdisciplinary perspectives, including environmental and heritage sciences, conservation of material culture, and oral histories of diverse communities.

The Heritage Consortium is an AHRC/UKRI Collaborative Doctoral Training Partnership led by the University of Hull since 2014.

It has trained over 60 doctoral students in partnership with the universities of Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett, Northumbria, Sheffield Hallam, and Teesside. The Heritage Consortium HEI partners have worked with more than 70 regional, national, and international independent research institutions. Students and alumni have held industry-based traineeships and post-doctoral fellowships in the United Kingdom, the United States, and several European countries. Research has focused on the heritage of diverse human experience and interaction with the built and natural environment. Museum and gallery work has been integral to research impact and knowledge exchange. Heritage Consortium students have entered careers primarily in higher education, museums, and archaeology sector.

The Approach

The Heritage Consortium has focused on interdisciplinary approaches and utilised partnership training for a new generation of professionals in interdisciplinary arts, culture, forensic archaeology, conservation techniques, creative industries, and digital heritage. The Heritage Consortium aims to collaborate broadly with the galleries, libraries, and museum sector. It has trained a new generation of professional curators, conservators, and commentators, as well as arts and events management organizers. Alumni are involved in heritage in both the public and private sector. The Heritage Consortium also embedded industry training into the higher education doctoral experience, so informing academic research and breaking down the boundaries with public history.


28 January 2022: Research Forum and Careers Development Event.

10 March 2022: History Matters: Working across the Community on Roots, Heritage and Futures (Rob J. Bell, Founder, The History Troupe).

Save the Children Fund work of 1944


  • The Heritage Consortium has focused on training the next generation of professionals and researchers working to preserve local, national, and international heritage sites and community memory.
  • The Heritage Consortium has generated a skills reservoir in heritage – especially in areas of threatened and post-industrial heritage – and fostered new skills vital to the future of heritage provision and the contribution it makes to economic and cultural regeneration.
  • The Heritage Consortium aims to recognize that heritage is complex and contested, making equality, inclusion, and diversity central to its research ethos.

The Impact

The Heritage Consortium has a growing alumni network in the UK and beyond. The research covers a range of innovative and interdisciplinary perspectives, including environmental and heritage sciences, conservation of material culture, and oral histories of diverse communities. Several projects have embraced a place-based approach in Yorkshire and the North-East and have resulted in local exhibitions, film and media, radio podcasts, and public lectures. Projects that have been collections-based have led to wider public knowledge, fostering community heritage research and knowledge exchange. Heritage Consortium research has given voice to marginalised social groups and thrown light on the vital role they have played in a multi-cultural society and in the economy.

  • Group members

    Dr Amanda Capern


    Consortium Partner Leads

    Professor Karina Croucher

    University of Bradford

    Dr Kathy Doherty

    University of Sheffield Hallam

    Professor Barry Doyle

    University of Huddersfield

    Professor Roisín Higgins

    Leeds Beckett University

    Professor Ruth Robbins

    University of Teesside

    Dr David Stewart

    University of Northumbria

    Associates and Past Directors

    Dr Rosemary Cresswell

    University of Strathclyde

    Professor Helen Johnston

    University of Hull

    Dr Jenny Macleod

    Director of Blaydes Maritime Centre

    Dr Stefan Ramsden

    Blaydes Maritime Centre

    Professor David Starkey

    Emeritus Professor in Maritime History, University of Hull

    Dr Martin Wilcox

    Director, North of England Consortium of Arts and Humanities

    Professor Peter Wilson

    Chichele Professor of the History War, University of Oxford

  • Outputs and publications

    Sarah Ashbridge and Simon Verdegem, ‘Identity discs: The recovery and identification of First World War soldiers located during archaeological works on the former Western Front’, Forensic Science International (2020).

    Nicole Cochrane, ‘La culture matérielle napoléonienne dans les expositions de l’après-Waterloo à Londres, 1815-1819’, Revue Italienne d'Études Françaises 2021.

    Nicole Cochrane, ‘Ancient Art and the Eighteenth-Century Auction: Collecting and Fragmenting Identity’, Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies (2021).

    Rebecca Ellis, ‘”Seen but not ‘herd”: Animals in La Tène art in England and Wales’, in: Kaercher, K. et al. (eds.) New Frontiers in Archaeology: Proceedings of the Cambridge Annual Student Archaeology Conference 2019 (2020), 178-193.

    Ann-Marie Foster, ‘The Barry Urban District Council, disaster relief funds and civic society, 1913-1934’ Urban History (2020).

    Ann-Marie Foster, ‘Commemoration, Cult of the Fallen (Great Britain and Ireland)’ in Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson (eds.) 1914-1918 Online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War (Freie Universität Berlin, 2020). DOI: 10.15463/ie1418.11475.

    Elizabeth Rogers, ‘Conversing with Collecting the World: Elite Female Sociability and Learning Through Objects in the Age of Enlightenment’, in A. Leis & K. Wills, (eds.), Women and the Art and Science of Collecting in Eighteenth-Century Europe (Routledge, 2020), 93-107.

    Andrew McTominey, ‘Water and the Modern Engineered City: The Association of Water Engineers in a British and Transnational Context, 1896-1914’, Water History, eJournal (2020)

    Andrew McTominey, ‘A Tale of Two Yorkshire Villages: The Local Environmental Impact of British Reservoir Development. c. 18661966’, Environment and History, 26 (2020).

  • Research students

    Sarah Ashbridge (Bradford)

    Military Identification: Death, Burial and Identification in the Landscape of Industrial War 1914-1918

    Shabina Aslam (Huddersfield)

    Bussing Out: an exploration into the impact of the Dispersal Policy on migrant communities

    James Beighton (Teeside)

    Reasoning the need: questioning the value and role of the visual arts in the life of an industrial town

    Christopher Berriman (Hull)

    Imperial Legacies and Contemporary Museum Collecting: exploring pathways and challenges for decolonising military collections of Army Museums in the UK.

    Emily Birch (Hull)

    Gender and Space at Hampton Court from the reign of Henry VIII to Queen Anne

    Mark Butterfield (Leeds Beckett)

    The Traumascape of the Great War: Locating a Historical Geography of Trauma

    Rebecca Cessford (Hull)

    Stannington Sanatorium for Children: A potential use of radiographic imagery in reporting on tuberculosis in non-adult human remains

    Marie Charles (Leeds Beckett)

    ‘Everyone Matters’: Why damaged histories in the UK schooling system engage with the exclusion and myth of black inferiority in the teaching profession

    Helen Clarke (Leeds Beckett)

    Streetwalker: the flâneuse and the electronic flaneur

    Nicole Cochrane (Hull)

    Ancient Sculpture and the Narratives of Collecting: Legacy and Identity in Museum Space, 1770-1900

    Gary Daly (Teeside)

    Football Hooliganism, Left- Wing Political Activism and Secondary Industrial Action, in Both Eastern England and Yorkshire in 1970s and 1980s

    Rebecca Ellis (Hull)

    ‘Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet’: An archaeological discussion of the role of animals and their heritage in societies past and present

    Andrew Etherington (Hull)

    Sustainable funding: how is a visitor’s experience affected by arts organisations in the North of England increasing their self-generated income?

    Vivienne Evans (Hull)

    International voices of the British Federation of Youth Co-operatives and the Woodcraft Folk: past, future and present

    Ann-Marie Foster (Northumbria)

    The Ephemera of Remembrance in the Wake of War and Disaster, c.1899-1939

    Jonathan Farley (Hull)

    Petuaria: Finding its place in Roman Britain

    Catherine Goddard (Leeds Beckett)

    Measuring the Visitor Experience at the English Country House

    Amy Graham (Sheffield Hallam)

    Bus Enthusiasm as Heritage Practice: Investigating Affect-Orientated Approaches to Heritage Research

    Frances Guy (Northumbria)

    Opening Doors: Examining the impact of commissioned contemporary art in post-industrial heritage sites

    Nicola Guy (Huddersfield)

    Art, Activism or Advertising? The role of exhibition-making in the production of reunified Berlin

    Eve Hartley (Huddersfield)

    The Impact of the Mechanics' Institute Movement on Art, Design and Culture in the North of England

    Jacqueline Hayes (Teeside)

    The emergence of open-air education in industrial and de-industrialising society during the first half of the twentieth century with particular reference to the concept of the 'delicate child'

    Andrew Holroyde (Huddersfield)

    Remploy: The Changing Face of Disability Employment in Britain, 1944-2014

    Joe Hopkinson (Huddersfield)

    Racism in Memories of British Schooling, 1960-1989

    Tracey Jones (Teeside)

    Gender and Identity: Representations of Femininity and Dress in Victorian Mining Women in England and Wales.

    Greg Judges (Leeds Beckett)

    Heritage in the post-truth era: emotion, affect and the appropriation of the past in social and political discourse

    Helen Keighley (Hull)

    Living with the Times: life and continued relevance for heritage sites through community volunteer engagement

    Amelia Knowlson (Sheffield Hallam)

    How and Why do 3D printed museum objects affect our relationship with museum artefacts, and can such objects and their derived versions provide a more engaging learning experience?

    Chelsea Landon (Bradford)

    The prevalence of skeletal congenital conditions as an indicator of consanguinity in archaeological high and low status populations

    Adiva Lawrence (Hull)

    Decolonial Archives and Melancholia: the case of the International Slavery Museum of Liverpool

    Hywel Lewis (Bradford)

    Interactions between human industry and woodland ecology in the South Pennines: 1600-present

    Katie Liddane (Northumbria)

    Bewitching heritage in the northeast of England: Witch trials in Northumberland c.1650-c.1675, and their obscurity from local heritage in the present day

    Cyril Maucourant (Sheffield Hallam)

    Introduction of a nanolime in a museum context: from experiments to applications on British Museum collections, a proposal for a protocol for stone conservation

    Peter McElhinney (Bradford)

    A road map for Irish cultural recovery- technical and contextual analysis of Ireland's preconsumer material culture as a resource for contemporary Irish society

    Andrew McTominey (Leeds Bradford)

    Waterscapes: History and Heritage in the Washburn Valley since c.1850

    Joe Moore (Bradford)

    A multidisciplinary method for the documentation & propagation of a city’s heritage: the industrial structures of Bradford, West Yorkshire

    Taras Nakonecznyj (Leeds Beckett)

    Theatres of Memory: The Foundation of identity in the historic city

    Rebecca Nelson (Hull)

    Legacies on Display: Anti-Slavery in British Museums

    Sam North (Hull)

    Reclaiming the Islamic legacies of anti-slavery in the post-Apartheid Cape. South Arica

    Ruth O’Donoghue (Bradford)

    ‘Come away, O human child!’ Reconstructing the early life history of the Industrial child through carbon and nitrogen stable isotope analysis of dentine collagen

    Alice O’Mahoney (Bradford)

    Evaluating commercial and developer communication of archaeological finds with communities

    Lisa Peatfield (Northumbria)

    Interrogating images of Bergen Belsen Camp: past, present and future

    Rhiannon Pickin (Leeds Beckett)

    Feeling the Past: Emotions and the Representation of History in Museums of Crime and Punishment

    Robert Piggott (Huddersfield)

    A place for Worship? Heritage and Religiosity in England

    Ruth Quinn (Hull)

    Rural remnants? Historical geographies of landscape significance at Saltaire (1853-c1900) and the assembling of a peri-urban heritage site

    Irna Qureshi (Hull)

    The Chhachhi Lascars Behind Bradford’s First Mosque

    Thomas Ratcliffe (Northumbria)

    Cultural Heritage and Fracking in the North York Moors National Park: An investigation into the heritage policies in natural environments, decision-making regarding protection, the impact on visitors and the role of the public

    Mike Reeve (Hull)

    Maritime community if the North Sea coast and the experience of 'German atrocities', 1914-1919

    Lizzie Rogers (Hull)

    Woman and the World: Explorers from the Home during Enlightenment in Britain

    Julia Routh (Teeside)

    Nort- East Photographic Archives: how important is community engagement to their future preservation as a cultural resource?

    Rebecca Saunders (Teeside)

    Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves? The effects of deindustrialisation of the lives of Teesside women, 1970-1979

    Katie Steele (Sheffield Hallam)

    Using HBIM to support the conservation & maintenance of listed places of worship

    Jane Stockdale (Leeds Beckett)

    Museums in Mind: The therapeutic role of the museum for individuals with mental health issues

    Rosemary Stubbs (Teeside)

    ‘All workers are exploited; some are more exploited than others’: A Study Informed by the Feminist Artists of 1970s Britain

    Sarah Taylor (Huddersfield)

    Investigating the battlefield burial practices and the wider social attitudes of the English to battlefield casualties from the 15th to the 17th centuries

    Rachel Emily Taylor (Sheffield Hallam)

    Heritage as Process: Examining the Construction Of Personhood in Museum Collections

    Lucie Wade (Leeds Beckett)

    Juvenile Crime and Punishment in the West Riding of Yorkshire, 1856-1914

    Stephen Walsh (Hull)

    UK City of Culture: placemaking, heritage and identity in urban regeneration

    Leonie Wieser (Northumbria)

    History and Heritage in Local Contexts: A Negotiation of Difference and Diversity in Past and Present Tyneside

    Alex Wilson (Sheffield Hallam)

    Pretend You'll Survive: Independent Film and Video in Yorkshire, 1970-1990

  • Collaborators and funders

    Arts and Humanities Research Council

    University of Bradford

    Teeside University

    Leeds Beckett University

    Northumbria University

    Sheffield Hallam University

    Huddersfield University

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Header image: "The old streets of Saltaire Village" by Paul Stevenson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Aims image: The picture is from Wikemedia Commons and is of the Save the Children Fund work of 1944. It is in the Public Domain, Ministry of War D19251.jpg