Heritage, health and place:The legacies of local community-based heritage conservation on social wellbeing

Power, Andrew and Smyth, Karen ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7101-2397 (2016) Heritage, health and place:The legacies of local community-based heritage conservation on social wellbeing. Health and Place, 39. pp. 160-167. ISSN 1353-8292

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Geographies of health challenge researchers to attend to the positive effects of occupying, creating and using all kinds of spaces, including 'green space' and more recently 'blue space'. Attention to the spaces of community-based heritage conservation has largely gone unexplored within the health geography literature. This paper examines the personal motivations and impacts associated with people's growing interest in local heritage groups. It draws on questionnaires and interviews from a recent study with such groups and a conceptual mapping of their routes and flows. The findings reveal a rich array of positive benefits on the participants' social wellbeing with/in the community. These include personal enrichment, social learning, satisfaction from sharing the heritage products with others, and less anxiety about the present. These positive effects were tempered by needing to face and overcome challenging effects associated with running the projects thus opening up an extension to health-enabling spaces debates.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Uncontrolled Keywords: community,health enabling spaces,heritage,older people,therapeutic landscapes
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Medieval and Early Modern Research Group
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 18 May 2016 11:00
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 05:33
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/58830
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.04.005

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