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Heritage: In Your Hands

Project Outline:

From traditional to technological, the project aims to transform the way UAH works to support people and communities to engage with the historic environment in NI. Over a 3 year period the project will provide a programme that combines the reinvigoration of traditional means heritage engagement and outreach, with the introduction of a new range of digital engagement models and technologies, to better connect people and communities with built heritage. This includes:

  • A library of attractive, engaging and accessible ‘Heritage: How to?’ short guides;
  • An online portal to link short guides to associated in-depth, and updateable online toolkit;
  • Heritage Recording/Reporting App;
  • Roadshows and workshops to develop: volunteer/community led heritage recording and local lists;
  • Webpage where uploads to the recording and reporting app and project outputs are mapped;
  • Associated calendar competition and exhibition celebrating outputs of the project.

The first year of this project is the development phase whereby we will be consulting those in the sector to help steer the direction of themes for outputs, as well as gain valuable into the audiences that need most assistance. In the first year we will fully draft and develop the guides, the online toolkit and the app for use in years 2 and 3. It is this part that we require your help with at this time.

The second and third year of this project will see UAH carrying out public engagement activities, workshops, roadshows and working directly with a number of groups across Northern Ireland to develop their heritage projects.


At this stage we are asking for your input to help us develop themes for the Heritage: In Your Hands project and we would greatly appreciate if you could fill out the survey form below:

Heritage In Your Hands Focus Group Survey

  • Section 1: How to Guides?

    As part of this project we will be developing up to a maximum of 8 'How to?' short guides. These will be designed to stand the test of time and provide sign-posting to an online toolkit which can be updated. The guides are aimed at introducing different audiences to baseline themes of heritage that will be expanded on in the online tool guide but will provide essential information the reader. Below we are asking you to contribute to which themes you think would be most beneficial to community groups, private owners or professionals. UAH has developed the below themes in response to the research we have been carrying out with potential audiences by identifying need for these topics.
  • 2. Research and Recording App

    The Heritage: In Your Hands project acknowledges the desire, and necessity for the general public to help lead the voice for built heritage in Northern Ireland. The Heritage Recording/Reporting App will give people the opportunity to engage with, report on and map the heritage that is important to them. For UAH this will guide public participation in the protection of historic buildings, capture public interest and data to contribute to our knowledge base. Helping to heighten the heritage voice. The concept is that the app and associated 'In Your Area' mapped webpage will be a user and mobile friendly tool that allows members of the public to engage record and report on the built heritage in their area. Prior to the development of the App we are asking you to provide us with information on what you would expect such an App to provide:
  • 3. Community Group Allocation

    After the first year of development the project will be launched to the public phase. During this phase UAH will be promoting a public call to work directly with 6 groups across Northern Ireland to develop their project, whether that be through developing a Building Preservation Trust, Funding, Project Planning or developing a local list. We would appreciate from your experience what method to appoint groups from a public call:
  • 4. Other

    For any of the above themes: How to? guides, the Research and Recording App and the Public Call we are giving the opportunity to provide us with any further information that we should be aware of, projects or resources.
  • Include any links to relevant materials you wish to share with us.
  • Drop files here or
    It you have a specific relevant document you would like to make us aware of, please upload here.


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