This book demonstrates how heritage institutions can work with community-based heritage groups to build broader, more inclusive and culturally relevant collections.
The internet as a platform for facilitating human organization without the need for organizations has, through social media, created new challenges for cultural heritage institutions.
It focuses on case studies authored by individuals working in the space that combines both formal and informal approaches to documenting and sharing heritage materials.
Each chapter provides insights into the social, organizational and intellectual characteristics of participatory heritage and how these characteristics support or conflict with the characteristics of the formal heritage sector.
This chapter examines the important contributions of community historians to participatory heritage, discussing how family and local historians have voluntarily organized or contributed to projects to collect, digitize and publish historical sources about British history.
This insight into grassroots projects may be useful for staff in cultural heritage institutions who encounter or seek to work with community historians.
It will also be of interest to students taking library, archive and cultural heritage courses.
"This is a book of interesting and useful lessons learned, where readers can benefit from what the authors suggest they could have done differently ...a valuable addition to the literature, and I hope it is widely used." "As this highly selective summary demonstrates, there is much in this volume for readers with a variety of interests, although not every case study will be of relevance to all...
The chapter examines different ways to include more marginalized heritage into the platform through Wiki Projects, edit-a-thons, student editors and Wikipedians in residence.
The chapter seeks to frame the systemic bias of Wikipedia within the wider discourse on the general biases in history and historical archives, and will show examples of methods attempting to correct this. Custodianship and online sharing in Australian community archives– In Chapter 8 Ruge et al.
begin discussion of the challenges involved with participation in heritage through their analysis of Australian GLAM institutions, on the one hand, and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, on the other.
The overarching result is a resource that provides methods for connecting, solutions to challenges and a shared understanding of the phenomenon.
All of this is aimed at moving the conversation forward within our different communities of practice. A communal rock: sustaining a community archives in Flat Rock, Georgia– In Chapter 1, Joy Ellen Freeman looks at a community archive in Georgia, United States.