Dr Carenza Lewis has been successful in a bid to the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for the Cambridge Collaborations for Community Heritage project, in partnership with the Office of External Affairs at the University of Cambridge. This arose out of the AHRC Connected Communities programme call for Research Development Awards. The funding secured is for the first stage of the programme matching Cambridge researchers up with community organisations interested in researching aspects of local heritage. A series of events are likely to take place in May and June to help make contact. Once established, the research groups can then apply for up to £40,000 in late 2012 to conduct the research. Researchers who are included in the bid include Carenza Lewis herself, Susan Oosthuizen, Britt Baillie-Warren and Helen Geake amongst others.
More information about the project will follow shortly on this blog and we will be in touch with local archaeological and historical societies about how to get involved.