I have an academic background in Social Anthropology (graduating from Queen’s University Belfast) but since returning to Wales, I have decided to explore my own society. This interest has been developed through my experience of working in Wales, particularly in the heritage sector and as a tour guide at the Senedd (Welsh Parliament). These experiences have informed my research interest in the intersection of heritage/ museums, and active citizenship in Wales in a devolved context.
My research examines the Temple of Peace and Health at Cathays Park, Cardiff as an example of how engaging with heritage buildings can inform or encourage active citizenship such as volunteering and activism.
I am particularly interested in using a transformative approach and participatory methodology such as visual and creative methods to work closely with groups of young people in conducting my research. In the first year of my PhD so far, I’ve trained as a tour guide at the Temple of Peace, and learnt a lot about its fascinating hidden history. I’m really interested in heritage buildings or organisations focusing on values ( in this case, health, justice and peace), as opposed to heritage research focused on objects.
I hope that my research can contribute to practice around engaging young people with heritage, emphasising its relevance and use in contemporary contexts.