Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research

You can’t move history. You can secure the future.

Engaging youth in cultural heritage. An interdisciplinary AHRC funded project.

This project looks at young people’s attachment to subcultural spaces and the ways in which these attachments are communicated to mainstream organisations such as heritage organisations, urban planners, and the media.

You Can't Move History projectPhotograph by Sam Ashley

We worked with the youth filmmaking collective brazenbunch to record walking interviews and oral histories with campaigners from the skate community on London’s Southbank, and with the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Young Roots programme to consider ways in which intangible heritage could be better recognised by policy makers. 


Dr Pollyanna Ruiz – University of Sussex


Dr Rebecca Madgin – University of Glasgow

Dr Tim Snelson – University of East Anglia

Dr David Webb – Newcastle University

In collaboration with:

brazenbunch  http://www.brazenbunch.com/

HLF (Heritage Lottery Fund) http://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us 

You Can't Move History project 

You Can't Move History project

Film: https://vimeo.com/146671695

Website (which includes link to film): http://www.youthandheritage.com/about-the-project.html