Living Legacies has been central to helping the National Lottery Heritage Fund achieve the aims of its strategic partnership with AHRC to support First World War Centenary projects to increase public understanding of the war…National Lottery Heritage Fund
What impact did it make?
ENHANCING UNDERSTANDING AND RESPECT FOR IMPORTANT EVENTS
Living Legacies’ impact on enhancing community relations through exploring and sharing contested heritage is commended by the Community Relations Council (CRC). Funded by the Northern Ireland Executive, the CRC notes:
'It is in no small part down to Living Legacies that community groups and the public are coming to an understanding of the complexity of this period and that our sense of identity is becoming more permeable. In our experience communities and individuals are interested in the broader narratives, however, without assistance and expertise being made available it is difficult to make this a reality.’
The work which has resulted from ‘Living Legacies’ has informed institutional and policy strategies and outcomes, including most significantly for the National Lottery Heritage Fund, but also was explicitly recognised by the DCMS Select Committee in 2018 in its evaluation of the Centenary commemoration efforts.
Outlining ‘Lessons from the First World War Centenary’, the Committees highlighted the role of Living Legacies in mitigating local racism and sectarianism in Belfast, and the UK Prime Minister’s special representative for the WW1 centenary, Dr Andrew Murrison MP, said it had enhanced understanding and respect for important events: “It has been that Irish dimension that has been the most heartening and, for me, probably one of the most productive things that we have achieved”.
- There are over 18,777+ objects and stories in the Living Legacies Digital Archive
- Living Legacies Partnered Exhibitions have attracted over 210,000 visitors through +470 Supported events
- The six-year programme has achieved wide recognition by NI and UK policy-makers as meaningful and significant for enhancing cross-community relation
Impact related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
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- SDG 16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions
Impacting in Countries/Regions
School/InstituteSchool of Natural and Built Environment
- Creativity and cultural understanding
- Liveable communities – space, place and society
- Valuing heritage