This project aimed to assess and recommend a range of ways that community heritage collections can be employed in regional development initiatives.
Knowledge developed from working with Hamilton district collecting organisations that span a range of levels of viability. The project documented how custodians of community heritage collections can form new collaborations and partnerships and identified the potential outcomes that can be achieved. A social mapping/action research methodology which involves asking people to plot out where they see the boundaries of their ‘space’ was used. Increased community participation and new opportunities for regional growth were the goals of this project. The level of cultural integration is likely to be an indicator of the success of using community heritage collections in regional development initiatives. This Fellowship was awarded to Pam Enting.