Throughout the project, the Researcher (Liz Robson) will be participating in a range of related activities. Below is a summary of some past and up-coming events:

October 2021:

An article introducing the Social Value Toolkit and featuring the Kinneil House and Estate case study will be included in the upcoming (20th anniversary) issue of History Scotland magazine.

July 2021:

Liz participated in the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology, sharing the project findings and introducing the toolkit for practitioners. Her session ‘Whose Heritage Counts? Understanding and evidencing the social value of the historic environment’, was recorded and can be viewed here.

The methods and approaches trialled in the Wrestling with Social Value project are also being put into practice as part of a new research project, titled ‘Deep Cities‘. This international collaboration is examining how understandings of historical urban transformation and the associated heritage values can help inform city planning.

June 2021:

We will be launching the heritage practitioner guidance on assessing and working with the social values associated with the historic environment, which has been developed based on the Wrestling with Social Value project findings. For more details see Toolkit.

August 2020:

Liz will be delivering a paper at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference, being held virtually, 26th-30th August 2020. Her paper is part of a 12-paper session titled New Ways of Making Heritage Futures: Critical and Creative Approaches to People-Centred Methods, which Liz is co-convening with Siân Jones and Tracy Ireland and Tessa Bell, from the University of Canberra. Liz’s paper will focus on multi-method approaches to social value assessment and will be pre-recorded with a live Q&A during the conference.

December 2019:

Liz will be spending a week on academic exchange at the University of Canberra, Australia, ahead of the Thirteenth International Conference of Young Researchers in Heritage 2019, being held at the Australia National University, also in Canberra. The conference theme is Concept(s) of Heritage and Liz will be presenting a paper as part of the session on Values under the sub-theme Reconceptualisation of Public Policies.

September 2019:

Liz will be attending the 25th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Bern, Switzerland, to deliver a paper titled ‘A Mixed Bag: Developing a Methods ‘Toolkit’ for Assessing the Social Values of Heritage’ as part of session #73.

May 2019:

Symposium on Defining Significance and Social Value in Heritage Landscapes, Edinburgh

Liz will be participating in this invitation-only event and delivering a short presentation about her research as an input to the discussion.

Also this month, Liz will be joining Siân Jones, Judith Anderson and other colleagues from the University of Stirling and HES in a 2-day research exchange with NIKU, The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage. These events form part of the University of Stirling’s 2019 Festival of Research.

November 2018:

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference, Stirling

On Saturday 10th November, Liz attended this conference and hosted a discussion session on assessing social value from 13:00-13:30 in the Engine Shed ‘snug’.

Also this month, Liz made a joint submission with Siân Jones to the Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) Consultation on Prioritisation within Built Heritage.

September 2018:

Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference, China

In early September, Liz joined other University of Stirling delegates in Hangzhou for the the IV Biennial Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference. Prior to attending, she contributed to a ‘provocation’, co-authored with her supervisor, Siân Jones, titled Multiple methods and diverse objects: challenges in the creation of a social value ‘toolkit’ for heritage management and conservation. The paper took as an immediate reference point this collaborative doctoral project and was delivered by Professor Jones as part of session 101: Toolkits Across Borders. Liz was able to join the panel for the subsequent discussion portion of the session to answer questions about the project.

June 2018:

Learning From Loss Programme Field Trip, Scotland

For 12 days in June, Liz joined an international team of researchers and practitioners for a series of community meetings and site visits that stretched from Edinburgh in the South to Sanday Island, Orkney in the North. The project was looking at transformation of the historic environment in the face of climate change and asking questions about significance, prioritisation, and the processes of change and loss. As well as tweeting about the trip (#LearningfromLoss), Liz and University of Stirling Post-Doc Qian Gao, co-wrote the following blog reflecting on their experience:

Bringing social values into the prioritisation of heritage sites: a question of resilience?