Keynote lecture: ‘Don’t mind the gap – a guide to bridging the professional divide’.
Fri 25 May 2018, 10:00 – 17:30
Leeds Beckett University, Broadcasting Place, Leeds, LS1 3HE
During the roundtable discussion at the Urban History Group Annual Conference in 2017, the issue of the influence of urban history in shaping the world beyond the academy was raised. In particular, speakers highlighted the potential for taking urban history beyond the university in utilising local communities and professional groups in researching the contemporary city and in helping to shape current issues within the management of the urban environment. Urban history is already encountered beyond the formal academic setting in cultural institutions and practices, including museums, libraries, archives, visitor centres and tourist trails. History and heritage is also encountered in everyday negotiation of urban space, ranging from working in regenerated historic buildings, travelling around the city on the footprint of Georgian highways and visiting the Infirmary which stands as a legacy of the Victorian industrialist.