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Lessons for Coastal Communities Event

Published: 13 May 2021
Lessons for Coastal Communities

Our second webinar, Lessons for coastal communities, brings politicians, policymakers and academics together to ask: What lessons can our region learn from culture-led solutions to regional challenges from the experiences of other coastal communities? What national lessons can be learnt from our region?

The ‘levelling up’ agenda is often framed in terms of North vs South but in recent years many coastal and river-bank communities in the UK have undergone culture-led regeneration. Those projects often introduced internationally recognised art and architecture to attract new consumers and investors, hoping for a trickle-down effect to benefit local communities. In the context of the South Coast, this webinar asks how regeneration can be done differently, positioning a range of heritage and cultural activities as elements of social infrastructure crucial for sustainable growth.


  • Bob Seely, MP for the Isle of Wight (Chair)
  • Ian Leete, the Local Government Association
  • Matthew Mckeague, the CEO of the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)
  • Dr Suzanne Joinson, University of Chichester
  • Dr Seth Giddings, Winchester School of Art, the University of Southampton
  • Alison Smith, University of Bournemouth

You can find a recording of this event here.

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