What We Do
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Powderham Castle, Devon (Daniel Maudlin, 2016)
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Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Cornwall

Cornerstone Heritage works with community groups and organisations to develop and implement socially-engaged heritage projects. We aim to help bring about initiatives that will be useful and valued by people and communities. Our ethos is to always work in partnership in the co-production of projects: we work with our partners on projects that matter to them. 

Cornerstone is the University of Plymouth's interdisciplinary heritage research group. Through regular seminars and network events Cornerstone is a hub for researchers in different disciplines to exchange ideas and develop new projects. Members are drawn from Architecture, Design, Digital Media, English Literature, Environmental Building, Geography, History, Law, Music, Tourism, Theatre and Performance and Underwater Archaeology. Our work ranges from knowledge transfer projects with community and schools groups to the in-depth physical investigation of historic buildings, landscape surveys, oral history, criminal and legal history projects, site-related performances, cataloguing archive and library collections, historic building conservation, heritage strategy consultancy and the development of interpretation materials for historic sites including digital platforms. 

Cornerstone staff have been involved with regional, national and international heritage projects for over ten years working on sties ranging from the Eden Project to Bodmin Jail and the town of Nantes, France. We are currently working on projects with a number partners across the South West including English Heritage, South West Police Heritage Trust, National Trust, Tavistock Heritage Partnership and Powderham Castle.

If you are planning or working on a heritage project for your organisation or community group and would like to talk to us —  whether to discuss a possible co-production or just for some advice — please get in touch with Cornerstone Chair, Daniel Maudlin, or any of our specialist researchers listed on the Who We Are page.