Landscape, heritage and intergenerational memory in the Derwent Valley


Do you live in the Land of Oak & Iron? I’m looking for people of all ages who live in the Derwent Valley and would be willing to be interviewed as part of my project. If you are interested in taking part please leave your details here or email me at for more information.

My research focuses on the ways in which landscapes are valued as heritage by communities and across generations. Working in collaboration with the Land of Oak & Iron Landscape Partnership, the project will explore the ways in which people understand and engage with their local landscapes and how this is mediated by their family relationships and collective memories. In the post-industrial setting of the Derwent Valley, North East England, the project will examine the impact of changing attitudes to class, workplace and community in relation to how people experience and value the landscape. My research questions are as follows:

  • How do intergenerational relationships and memories shape understanding of the Derwent Valley as a heritage landscape?
  • How are these understandings influenced by changing notions of class and community between generations?
  • Can theories of post memory and/or nostalgia be applied to these narratives in order to understand the relationship between communities and landscape?

The project will enable a deeper understanding of the processes of memory and heritage construction at play within the context of landscape scale heritage projects. It will contribute to policy and practice within the Land of Oak & Iron Landscape Partnership and heritage projects more widely, illuminating the feelings and motivations of communities towards large scale projects and suggesting strategies for increasing impact and engagement.

Contact details

Philippa Carter (

Postgraduate Researcher
NEDTC Doctoral Candidate

School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
Newcastle University
3rd Floor, Daysh Building, Claremont Road

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Hello Phillipa
your project sounds very interesting. My I suggest you speak not only with us oldies but also with the under 20s. In today’s climate I’m afraid too many of them are only intent on destruction, rather than conservation, and so we find ourselves fighting losing battles all along the line.


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