About the Heritage Hub

Herts Camera Action team at 7 July event

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.

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

All research staff, teaching staff, and external partners interested in working in heritage are very welcome to join our network.

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. More details on this soon.

Income generation

The £450k AHRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), awarded to the University for a period of 3 years 2022-5, provides funding for impact activities across the Heritage, Cultures and Community research theme. 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.

Contact us at uh.heritage@herts.ac.uk to get involved.

What we do

Read about our aims and structure in this summary PDF

Meet members of the Heritage Hub Team

Katrina Navickas

Professor Katrina Navickas is director of Heritage Hub.

She promotes local and regional history and heritage research and has expertise in community co-production and Lottery Heritage Fund grant applications.

Owen Davies
Professor Owen Davies

Professor Owen Davies is Professor of Social History and runs the MA Folklore Programme. Prof Davies co-founded Heritage Hub in 2010.

Prof J Morris
Professor Jonathan Morris

Professor Jonathan Morris is Professor of History and runs Heritage for Business.

Andrew Green
Andrew Green

Andrew Green is Senior Research Fellow and runs the Oral History Team.

Dr Leanne Calvert is Senior Lecturer in History and runs the Oral History Team.

Professor Grace Lees-Maffei is Professor of Design History and is programme lead for the Professional Doctorate in Heritage

Dr Steven Adams is Associate Dean Research in Creative Arts

Dr Samantha George is Associate Professor Research in English Literature and is Theme Champion for Heritage, Cultures and Communities.