Sense of Place and Social Capital and the Historic Environment
Project Dates: From February 2009 to July 2009
Project Leader: Prof. Mike G Coombes
Sponsors: English Heritage (Head Office)
The aims for this project can be summarised as follows:• To explore and assess the theoretical models that link the historic environment to a sense of place and social capital • Undertake primary research to explore how the historic environment contributes towards a sense of place and the “dis-benefits” that a lack of historic environment has to a sense of place. This aim is the priority for this piece of research.• Undertake primary research to explore how involvement in the historic environment contributes towards the development of social capital. • To use well founded theoretical models to demonstrate the positive impact that sense of place and social capital has to other wider impacts such as community cohesion and regulating harmful and disruptive behaviours. Recognised frameworks such as the Museum, Libraries and Archives Generic Social Outcome Model or Community Evaluations Northern Ireland should be used.