About the Heritage Hub

The University of Hertfordshire’s Heritage Hub was established in 2010. It sits under the UH Research Theme of Heritage, Cultures and Communities.

UH HHub provides an organised, unified, outward-facing identity for UH heritage engagement activities. It is open to all members of staff across all Schools at the University working in the field of heritage and with outside heritage partners, and all students, especially those taking the Doctorate of Heritage (DHeritage). HHub’s activities are all participatory and community co-production research in heritage.

We are part of the Impact Accelerator Account that was awarded by UKRI to accelerate the impact of the University’s world-leading research.

Who we are

Herts Camera Action team at 7 July event

UH HHub is led by Prof Katrina Navickas with a steering committee of academics from across the University.

It is also the umbrella organisation for the Oral History Team (OHT), currently led by Dr Leanne Calvert, and facilitated by Senior Research Fellow, Andrew Green. It is composed of UH staff, undergraduate and graduate students, and local community members from the region. It also partners with Heritage for Business, led by Prof Jonathan Morris, which provides consultancy services to corporate clients.

The new initiative of the Heritage Hub in 2023 is the Film Heritage strand, to bring together research and activities relating to the long-established history of the film industry in Hertfordshire.

"We are engaged as a Civic University in our region, supporting schools, colleges and students. We will share our knowledge, culture, research and resources with businesses, the professions and the wider community.”

Heritage Hub provides the links between the University and external heritage and community partners in the region.

Income generation

The University of Hertfordshire has been awarded over £1.7m from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to accelerate the impact of the University’s world-leading research.

Collectively known as Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs), the block funding by UKRI to the University of Hertfordshire is made available via two research councils, the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), respectively.

The Heritage Hub administers the Community Co-Production in Heritage strand of this scheme, providing grant opportunities for researchers to work with heritage organisations and external partners.

See Funding for the current calls.

In 2014-19, the Heritage Hub hosted the £1.25M  Everyday Lives in War Centre (ELIWC) AHRC funded Co-ordinating Centre for Community Research and Engagement to Commemorate the Centenary of the First World War.

Our aims and structure

Read about our aims and structure in this summary PDF presentation

structure of Heritage Hub