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York archaeologists publish chapter in new book

Posted on 28 February 2017

Facet Publishing have announced the release of Participatory Heritage

Two York archaeologists have published a chapter in a new book that asks: how can heritage institutions work with their communities to build broader, more inclusive and culturally relevant collections?

Gareth Beale, from the Centre for Digital Heritage, and Nicole Beale, Research Associate, contributed to the book Participatory Heritage, edited by Henriette Roued-Cunliffe and Andrea Copeland. 

The internet as a platform for facilitating human organization without the need for organizations has, through social media, created new challenges for cultural heritage institutions. Challenges include but are not limited to: how to manage copyright, ownership, orphan works, open data access to heritage representations and artefacts, crowdsourcing, cultural heritage amateurs, information as a commodity or information as public domain, sustainable preservation, attitudes towards openness and much more. 

Participatory Heritage uses a selection of international case studies to explore these issues. It demonstrates that in order for personal and community-based documentation and artefacts to be preserved and included in social and collective histories, individuals and community groups need the technical and knowledge infrastructures of support that formal cultural institutions can provide. In other words, both groups need each other. 

The editors said, “It is our hope that this book will help information and heritage professionals learn from others who are engaging with participatory heritage communities”.

To find out more about Participatory Heritage, visit