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The “Afterlife” of Heritage Research. Developing ECRs ’ skills for the transition from academia to public, profession and business Dr. Emily Bannister artsmethods@manchester e Aims & Objectives. AHRC Skills Development Award 2011

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The afterlife of heritage research

The “Afterlife” of Heritage Research

Developing ECRs’ skills for the transition from academia to public, profession and business

Dr. Emily Bannister


Aims objectives

Aims & Objectives

  • AHRC Skills Development Award 2011

  • A collaboration between the Institute of Cultural Practices (ICP), artsmethods@manchester, the University of Salford and NW Cultural Partners

  • A development package which aims to enable ECRs to identify, understand and “translate” the benefits of their research in real-life contexts of the heritage and cultural sectors

Three pathways

Three Pathways

  • Research-to-public – the public impact of ECRs’ research and its “translation” into audience-orientated outputs e.g. events, conferences and performances

  • Research-to-profession – to gain experience of the range and requirements of entry routes into heritage professions

  • Research-to-Business – build on their research ideas and outcomes to develop business, freelancing and consultancy profiles

In practice

In Practice…

  • Tailored workshops and training guides

  • Collaborative public-oriented projects with cultural institutions

  • Work placements

  • Industrial mentoring

  • Reflective practice – blogging, social media

  • Complimentary workshops offered through artsmethods@manchester

Partner organisations

Partner Organisations

  • Institute for Cultural Practices (ICP)

  • University of Salford, Heritage area

  • artsmethods@manchester

  • Manchester Museum

  • Whitworth Art Gallery

  • Manchester Beacon

  • Renaissance North West



  • Aspects of programme available to ECRs from across the UK (industrial mentors and work placements for NW only)

  • c.70 ECRs to benefit directly

  • Research disciplines to include: heritage studies, art gallery and museum studies, conservation science, archaeology, architectural and building history, cultural and digital heritage, collection care and management, arts and heritage management

Key contacts

Key Contacts

  • Dr. Helen Rees Leahy – Lead Applicant & Director of the ICP:

  • Dr. Kostas Arvanitis – Lead Academic & Lecturer in Art Gallery & Museum Studies:

  • Dr. Emily Bannister – Programme Manager artsmethods@manchester:

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