Global Link has been running community heritage projects since 2013. Our work began with the ground-breaking National Heritage Lottery funded project Documenting Dissent, which worked with local groups of volunteers to research histories of dissent, activism and protest in and around Lancaster. Since the initial Documenting Dissent project, we have run a series of Heritage Lottery funded projects that added more stories to the Documenting Dissent digital heritage platform.
We have also gone on to lead a large European peace heritage project. Learning from the Past (2018-2021) was an Erasmus+ funded project charting histories of peace and internationalism across Europe during the interwar years and using this heritage as a stimulus for arts workshops and heritage events with young people and the wider community. In 2020 the Learning from the Past (LFTP) partners were awarded further Erasmus+ funding for a follow-up project. Sharing Learning from the Past with Youth in Europe will bring together our European LFTP volunteers to share best practice and strengthen our capacities to develop heritage projects with young people.
Global Link has also been involved in a community heritage partnership project with a team from Lancaster University and the University of St Andrews. Mobilise! (2019-21) sought to encourage active citizenship and increase people’s confidence about engaging in political and civic life.