Participation in local mining communities


Sarah Hughes shares insights from her UEP PhD research in her post, Understanding cultural participation and value in former coalmining communities in and around Barnsley

One of the aims of the Understanding Everyday Participation (UEP) project is to strive towards a more democratic understanding of participation.  We are exploring ways in which decisions about cultural investment are made, and how they relate to particular forms and contexts for governance, nationally and in relation to different local cultural eco-systems in England and Scotland.

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The Aberdeen case study – an interim report

UEP’s PI Andy Miles introduces the interim report for the Aberdeen Case Study.

This report focuses on UEP research in the Aberdeen Case Study up until June 2015. The ‘urban village’ of Peterculter (known locally as Culter), is a semi-rural community with a strong industrial heritage and a rich associational culture situated on the south-western edge of the City. Positioned at the end of Aberdeen’s oil wealth corridor, Continue reading

Varina Delrieu

VAD-linkedin (1)Varina is the newest member of the UEP team. As one of our Research Associates, Varina will be undertaking various mapping work across the ecosystems.

Following several years at Dow Jones Newswires, I wanted to do something completely different and undertook a degree in archaeology at UCL. Over the four year course, I become increasingly interested methodologies and analytical techniques exploring the Continue reading

Who Goes to Museums? (and who doesn’t?)


Lisanne Gibson explains how her Museum Studies teaching intersects with the UEP project in a video of a mini lecture of her research.
WHO goes to museums TP stats

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The figures tell us that museum visiting has been increasing.
According to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Taking Part statistics, 51.8% of adults attended a museum once, in the first Quarter of 2014/15, compared to 42.3% in 2005/06 (the year the Taking Part survey began).

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Research and Communities: Effects in Glasgow

Ruth Webber is a PhD researcher on the UEP project. Currently based in Glasgow, Ruth’s PhD was made possible by UEP’s partnership with Glasgow Life. Her blog below reflects on her position as a researcher undertaking two ethnographies in Glasgow communities. As such she is involved in research that is connected to, and in dialogue with, the issues raised by the debate surrounding the controversial Glasgow Effect art project by Ellie Harrison. Continue reading