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

Heritage, health and place: the legacies of local community-based heritage conservation on social wellbeing
Heritage, health and place: the legacies of local community-based heritage conservation on social wellbeing
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.
1353-8292
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Power, Andrew
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Smyth, Karen
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Power, Andrew
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Smyth, Karen
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Power, Andrew and Smyth, Karen (2016) Heritage, health and place: the legacies of local community-based heritage conservation on social wellbeing. Health & Place, 39, 1-23. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.04.005). (In Press)

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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.

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Accepted/In Press date: 12 April 2016
Organisations: Population, Health & Wellbeing (PHeW)

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Local EPrints ID: 391988
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/391988
ISSN: 1353-8292
PURE UUID: aaf1367e-5d60-4aa1-a788-ccb10ab8d713
ORCID for Andrew Power: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3887-1050

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Date deposited: 14 Apr 2016 08:28
Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 01:40

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