We invited over 50 PGRs and ECRs in Heritage Studies across the Arts and Humanities, including those within Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Independent Research Organisations (IROs), and those working within the heritage sector itself, to join the workshop.
The workshop provided an opportunity to:
- Learn more about how the AHRC supports ECRs, especially in the period immediately following the completion of a PhD
- Share research alongside other heritage researchers
- Learn about new and emerging research topics and the broader context of heritage studies in the UK
- Form new networks and partnerships between and across HEIs and the heritage sector
- Develop collective research agendas
The workshop focused on how ECRs can read themselves into grants, and provided insight into what research bodies are looking for when they read proposals. It further explored strengths and benefits in practice, and gaps you feel are present in your ECR work.
We also used the opportunity to get to know the ECR Heritage community and to understand their needs as a distinctive part of the UK Heritage Research Community. At the workshop, ECRs were able to discuss their own work and challenges they face with us at Heritage Research. We are now collating feedback so we can work with AHRC to help support the careers of Early Career Heritage Researchers.
The input from ECRs at the workshop will help shape future research support and policy in Heritage Studies in the UK.
To view the programme, click here.