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Bidding for City of Culture status: revealing hidden heritage through creative research methods and the role of digital cultural asset mapping.


Alison Beverley McCandlish


Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the University of the West of Scotland,

School of Media, Culture and Society for the award of Doctor of Philosophy


January 7th 2019

 

ContentsContents iChapter Two Research Philosophy and Methodology 20Chapter Three Creative research insights from digital cultural asset mapping 61Chapter Four Creative research insights from cognitive mapping and digital storytelling 72Chapter Five Learnings from multi-modal creative interventions for cultural asset mapping 84Chapter Six Conclusions and Critical reflections on being a practitioner-researcher .Bibliography 116List of FiguresList of Abbreviations used throughout textAcknowledgementsAbstractChapter One Introduction1.1 Introduction and Context1.1.2 Paisley: context1.2 Key Terms and DefinitionsAssetsAsset mappingCommunityCommunity of practiceCultural HeritageCulture and valueHeritageHidden HeritageParticipatory approachesPlacePlacemaking1.2.1 Exploring Hidden Heritage1.3 Objectives1.4 Thesis OutlineChapter Two Research Philosophy and Methodology2.1 Introduction to Research Philosophy and Methodology2.2 Focus Question2.3 Value Basis2.4 Methods basis2.4.1 Digital cultural asset mapping2.4.2 Cognitive mapping2.4.3 Digital storytelling2.4.4 Multi-modal cultural engagement for cultural asset mapping2.5 Ethical considerations of practice-based research2.6 ConclusionsChapter Three Creative research insights from digital cultural asset mapping3.1 Introduction3.2 Learnings from digital cultural asset mapping3.2.2 Assessing community assets from the digital cultural asset mapping data3.2.3 Digital Cultural Asset Mapping EngagementChapter Four Creative research insights from cognitive mapping and digital storytelling4.1 Introduction4.2 Cognitive mapping4.2.2 Map styling4.2.3 Classifying asset trends in the cognitive maps4.2.4 The geography of personal cultural worlds4.3 Digital Storytelling4.3.1 Insights into cultural assets from digital storytellingChapter Five Learnings from multi-modal creative interventions for cultural asset mapping5.1 Introduction5.2 Redefining and refining the digital cultural asset mapping categories using multi- modal methods5.3 The importance of multi-use assets5.4 Temporal Cultural Assets- The importance of revealing and paying respect to hidden, changing and lost layers of cultural assets5.5 Places of self-care and policy connections on understanding cultural assets5.6 Places of everyday interaction as cultural assets5.7 Attributing a scale of meaning towards cultural assetsChapter Six Conclusions and Critical reflections on being a practitioner-researcher6.1 Introduction6.2 Reflections on personal development as a practitioner-researcher6.3 Reflections on being a practitioner-researcher within a live city of culture bid6.4 Defining Originality and Contribution to KnowledgeContribution to knowledge- MethodsContribution to knowledge- PracticeContribution to knowledge- Process and community engagement6.5 Opportunities for further development of the research