The project "My Newcastle -  Assessing the importance and value of buildings and spaces to young children" will be carried out between July and December this year.

The study will assess the importance and value of buildings and space of over 100 young people attending at two state maintained schools in Tyneside with contrasting catchment area characteristics.  One of the schools will have a relatively deprived and diverse ethnic catchment area the other will draw from a more affluent and suburban catchment area.

The project will contribute to furthering our understanding of the relationships between young people’s sense of place and the historic built environment by involving for the first time primary age pupils.

If successful this research could help primary school teachers to provide a stimulating learning opportunity which lays the foundations for young people, initially on Tyneside, to develop a greater level of awareness of their built environment and to gain a stronger sense of place.

David Bradley (CURDS), led a major piece of research for English Heritage in 2010 which focussed the importance and value of historic buildings, monuments and spaces to young people aged 14-15 and examined the role of the historic environment in shaping their sense of place (view report here).This research built on earlier CURDS research on “Sense of Place and Social Capital and the Historic Built Environment” which was summarised in the 2009 Heritage Counts Report (view report here).

CCF support will enable Prof. Mike Coombes and David Bradley to continue this innovative strand of research.

Published: 10th July 2012