Carey Newson explores how four Big Local areas – Ramsey, Plaistow, Gateshead and Boston – are each tapping into unique local histories to reignite pride in their community. Heritage draws on issues of local identity and community cohesion by reminding people they are part of a story that began long before they were born and cannot be written for future generations without them.
Why do these residents, looking to overcome serious local challenges, see heritage as part of their toolkit for local improvement? In each of the areas the primary answer has been a different one… but all view their heritage work as a way of generating pride in their area.
In this podcast, panelists from the RSA, discuss how stories from the past are rediscovered and reinvented by local residents and are used to explore current issues and harness a community’s sense of pride and aspirations for the future.Listen to the podcast online