Culture can refuel reinvention, helping people to adapt to change and generate new models for sustainable development.


  • Investigations into radical heritage have transformative potential across the region in terms of regeneration, cultural policy and engagement and social cohesion.
  • Research can be democratised by digital technologies in terms of both opportunities for co-production and open access.
  • Community cohesion, resilience, and sustainability can be increased through locally-embedded collaborative arts and humanities research practice.
  • New methods of public engagement and involvement in research practice are opened up through digital interfaces


An N8 Heritage project is being developed with the aim of understanding how the historical development and contemporary environment of the heritage sector in the North of England can support the sector’s contributions to the national economy.


Prof Dinah Birch
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, University of Liverpool