SHCG Conference 2022 Leeds: Regenerating Communities through Social History

SHCG Conference 2022 Leeds: Regenerating Communities through Social History

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Regenerating Communities through Social History

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The theme of the SHCG Conference 2022 is, 'Regenerating Communities through Social History'.

The past two years have been challenging ones not just for museums but for the whole world. However, amongst these challenges cultural and heritage organisations continue to make a positive impact on their local community and are often central to regeneration projects. Areas and communities in need of regeneration are often ones where a void has opened up after the decline of a key industry, such as fishing, milling, mining, textile or other manufacture – industries that are central to many social history museums and their collections.

SHCG Conference Programme


Leeds City Museum

09:45 - 10:00 Welcome from SHCG Chair & Conference Organisers

10:00 - 10:40 Tony Butler, Museum of Making

Keynote (with questions)

10:40 - 11:00 Esther Amis-Hughes & Hannah Figoni, Leeds Museums and Galleries

Lotherton Hall: a country house community

11:00 - 11:20 Tracey Hebron, Barnsley Museums (pre-record)

Barnsley Museums at the Glassworks

11:20 - 11:40 Break

11:40 - 12:00 Verity Smith, Freelance

Onside: Communities and the Women's Euros 2022

12:00 - 12:20 Q&A for morning speakers

12:20 - 13:20 Lunch

13:20 - 13.40 Michelle Lees, Gosport Borough Council Heritage Action & Jenny Stevens, Hampshire Cultural Trust

Celebrating randomness: A community’s voice

13:40 - 14:20 Michelle Lees, Gosport Borough Council Heritage Action & Jenny Stevens, Hampshire Cultural Trust

Workshop: But Is It Worth Keeping? The Face Value of Heritage Buildings

14:20 - 14:40 Roz Currie, Wycombe Museum (previously Islington Heritage)

Regeneration and Holloway Prison – what does it mean for the communities left behind?

14:40 - 15:00 Break

15:00 - 15:20 Alistair Hodgson, The Bunker Museum at Hatfield Police Station

The Bunker at Hatfield Police Station: A museum with a message for young people

15:20 - 15:40 Q&A for afternoon speakers

15:40 - 16:00 Wrap up and close day 1

16:00 - 17:00 Tour of Leeds City Museum


Thackray Museum of Medicine

09:45 - 10:00 Welcome from SHCG Chair and Conference Organisers

10:00 - 10:20 Nat Edwards, Thackray Museum of Medicine

Welcome and overview of Thackray’s regeneration

10:20 - 10.40 Ruth Quinn, Thackray Museum of Medicine

10.40 - 11.30 Tour of Thackray Museum of Medicine

11.30 - 11.50 Break

11.50 - 12.10 Liz Power & Emma Canterbury, London Museum of Water & Steam

A Museum at the heart of Brentford

12.10 - 12.30 Q&A for morning speakers

12:30 - 13:00 Demystifying FirstBASE

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 14:20 Amy Foulds & Louis Platman, Museum of the Home

Feeling at Home: Creating a more inclusive vision of home through community engagement and co-curation

14:20 - 14:40 Jenny Hill, Craven Museum and Gallery (pre-record)

Creating a Cultural Hub: rural regeneration at Craven Museum, Skipton Town Hall

14:40 - 15:00 Break

15:00 - 15:20 Q&A for afternoon speakers

15:20 - 15:40 Wrap up and close of conference

15:40 - 16:30 Tour of Beckett Street Cemetery


10:00 - 14:00 Visit to Kirkstall Abbey/Abbey House Museum (not included in conference price - please express your interest in attending by selecting the relevant ticket option)

COVID-19 Secure Measures

Please note that both SHCG and the venues have COVID-19 safety measures in place. We will be encouraging attendees to wear face coverings in crowded spaces and we ask that anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 not to attend the conference.


A dinner will be held in Browns, Leeds City Centre on the evening of Day 1 of the conference. This is an optional extra, please select when you book your ticket.


We will provide information on local accommodation in due course.


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