Method: Heritage Tours
Description of Method:
Collective walking through an urban environment observing places of specific historical and heritage value. Often led by a local expert.
Purpose of Method:
Using shared interests in heritage to open up conversations and debate about the past, present and future of a local area. An opportunity to reflect on the heritage of a place and reveal hidden stories and assets in the local environment and also to highlight the contemporary relevance of heritage in placemaking. This helps to cultivate a sense of pride, stewardship and identity with a place that can then form the basis of meaningful conversations about the future. Heritage walks can be fun and accessible, opening up opportunities for local people to share knowledge and the diversity of lived experience, and for children and young people to engage with the histories of their place and contribute new stories.
Suitable for a wide audience of all ages. Consideration needs to be given to accessibility for people with limited abilities.
Shad Thames Area Management Partnership
STAMP offers walks on local heritage themes, e.g. a “brewing walk” of the Courage Yard brewery, including a visit from dray horses and talks from entrepreneurs involved in nearby microbreweries.