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Date: Monday 24th October

Time: 12 – 4pm with informal networking to 4.45 (lunch from 12pm)

Venue: The Studio, Birmingham (7 Cannon Street, B2 5EP)

Deadline for registration of interest: 14th October 2022


Organised by: The Institute for Community Research & Development (ICRD) and Arts Connect, University of Wolverhampton with Historic England


We’re inviting young people (aged 14-25) who have been involved in heritage activities to join us at a half-day event bringing together youth and heritage practitioners, academics and other organisations to explore young people’s involvement in heritage. We’ll discuss how heritage contributes to personal development, health and wellbeing, and sense of identity, as well as helping us to tackle the key challenges facing society today.

We want to showcase innovative examples of young people getting involved in heritage activities so we can highlight the very best of this work. This will add to the review of existing evidence that we have recently produced for Historic England


This event will provide a platform for you to: 

  • Share your experiences with other young people as well as heritage professionals, developing key skills in the process
  • Learn more about training and employment opportunities within the heritage sector
  • Get your voice heard by contributing important insights into how the benefits of heritage-based programmes with young people can be maximised, and help to provide Historic England with a resource for planning and securing future funding


Why should you come along?

This is your chance to take part in a fun, informal and friendly networking event and we will offer you:

  • An interactive heritage activity
  • A £30 Amazon voucher per person
  • Payment towards the cost of your travel
  • A tasty lunch!


What do we ask of you?

We’d like you or you and a group of your friends to give a short presentation (c. 5-10 minutes) describing any aspect of your project; for instance, what activities you have been involved in, and/or what you have learned. We are interested to hear about any aspect of ‘heritage’ in any setting (such as archaeology, heritage crafts, museums, cultural/community heritage, the natural environment).

Alongside short presentations, there will be group heritage activities and the opportunity to share your experiences in exciting and informal ways.


Contact us to get involved If you are above the age of 18

If you’re interested in being involved and are above the age of 18, please email to Gemma Corden a short description (100 words or so and any links to any relevant images, social media activity or websites linked to your project/heritage activities) outlining who you are and details of your project(s) and/or involvement in heritage activities. Act fast, as places are limited, and the deadline for registrations of interest is 14th October. If you require any further support to attend this event (e.g. financial resources, access requirements and additional needs) or have any questions, please just drop us an email.

We will in touch with you in the first week of October to confirm your place.


If you are below the age of 18

If you are below the age of 18 please ask your parent or guardian to contact us and register your interest with the information we require.


If you are a heritage or youth work professional working on heritage activity with young people and want to propose a case study and young people to participate, we also want to hear from you, and we can extend financial support to accompanying adults to attend too.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Josh Blamire and James Rees, Institute for Community Research & Development (ICRD)

Rob Elkington, Arts Connect


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