Heritage-making, Borderwork and (Multi)Cultural Organisations in the North of England

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeyond and between borders
Subtitle of host publicationMigrant, multicultural and diasporic heritage
EditorsAlexandra Dellios, Eureka Henrich
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780367348465, 9780367348489
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 24 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameKey Issues in Cultural Heritage
Publication type

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter is based on recent AHRC-UK research into the ways that Black and minority ethnic organisations in the North of England engage with their heritage through their own cultural organisations. This heritage-making is analysed as ‘borderwork’ located outside of mainstream cultural organisations: as ‘boundary-making’ and/or as ‘contact zone’. The chapter offers critical insights into heritage work as an affective process by minoritized people who use the past or traditions to express creatively their place within the world, and strategically assert their voices in the public sphere. It concludes with reflections on the research process among motivated participants, and the impact and potential of ‘collected’ heritage shared in networked relationships.