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Panel Discussion: Heritage & Wellbeing

When Nov 05, 2020
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Online via Zoom
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Heritage & Wellbeing: The Role of Heritage After Lockdown  

What happens when people who have been prevented from engaging with heritage gain access again? The Covid lockdown prevented people from engaging in a range of social and cultural activities that they used to be involved with, in turn when lockdown eased people regained access to such resources and such ways of expressing their interests and connections to wider society. In this talk, we share how the project 'Places of Joy' used the opening up period as a time that, arguably, highlighted people's awareness of heritage places as something they had missed. We share our preliminary findings of what needs and desires heritage visits may connect to based on the data collected from visitors at several heritage places during the 'opening-up' period. The panel will reflect on the increased interest in learning more about whether, and how, heritage sites contribute to wellbeing and resilience and discuss what future research is needed.

Visit the 'Places of Joy: Heritage After Lockdown' project website



Prof Jo Sofaer

Prof Joanna Sofaer (University of Southampton)

Jo is Professor of Archaeology at University of Southampton and Humanities in the European Research Area Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fellow. She leads the project 'Places of Joy: the role of heritage after lockdown'.

Prof D Uzzell

Prof David Uzzell (University of Surrey)

David is Professor (Emeritus) of Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and former president of the International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS). He is a Project Consultant on the project 'Places of Joy: the role of heritage after lockdown'.

Eirini Gallou

Dr Eirini Gallou (Historic England)

Eirini is a Senior Social Analyst for the Policy and evidence team of Historic England. Her research interests include analysis of social outcomes of heritage place-based programmes, working cross conceptual frameworks that bridge social capital and sense of place, and participatory approaches to heritage management with application to policy and practice. She is a Project Partner on the project 'Places of Joy: the role of heritage after lockdown

Prof M L S Sorensen

Prof Marie Louise Stig Sørensen (University of Cambridge)

Marie Louise is a Professor in Prehistoric Europe and Heritage Studies at the University of Cambridge and the current Director of the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre. She is a Co-Investigator on the project 'Places of Joy: the role of heritage after lockdown'.


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The CHRC is a collaboration of six departments. This is symbolized through six stripes in Cambridge Blue in the CHRC logo. The mesh-work arising from the darker stripes represents the collaboration of the CHRC and the heritage field at large.