The project has now finished, but this page has been left here as a reference resource.

What is the purpose of the project?

The project’s primary objective is to provide data for my MA research into how official heritage values differ from popular heritage values. Using the coasts and seafronts of Tenby and Aberystwyth as case studies it will collect people’s stories, memories and anecdotes to compare what people value as their heritage, and how they would like to see things managed, to what is actually being valued and how it is being managed. A secondary objective of the project is to upload the stories shared onto this website, in order to allow the two communities to engage with their heritage.

Who can take part?

Anyone aged 18 and over who has ever been to Tenby or Aberystwyth is welcome to participate via the survey. It doesn’t matter if you’ve lived there for years or only visited for an afternoon, your stories are still valued! There is no limit on the number of times you can complete the survey, so you can submit as many stories as you like.

Why should I take part?

Your stories, memories, anecdotes and opinions provide you with a unique insight into the heritage of your community. They are therefore a vital part of this project and any future project with similar aims

What does taking part mean?

If you agree to take part in the project survey you will be asked to provide answers to the following questions:

  • What is your first name? (This will be used to identify your story once it has been uploaded to the website. If you’re not comfortable with this then don’t worry, you don’t have to answer)
  • What is your age? (This is a multiple choice question, you will not need to specify your exact age)
  • What is your ethnic group?
  • What is your occupation?
  • Which town’s coast/seafront will you be sharing your story and opinions of?
  • What is your connection to this town?
  • Please share a story, memory or anecdote about your chosen town’s coast/seafront.
  • Bearing in mind the story that you have just shared, how would you like to see your chosen town’s coast/seafront managed?

None of the questions are compulsory, you are free to answer as many or as few as you like.

What are the benefits of taking part?

Involving communities in heritage can strengthen social ties, increase confidence, inspire learning and creativity, and improve people’s overall mental and physical health.[1] Jonathan Gottschall suggests that stories are ‘…a form of social glue that brings people together around common values’.[2] The academic aim of the project is to explore the relationship between official and popular heritage values, and highlight any discrepancies between what the community values and what is officially valued. By participating in the project you will be helping to build a community understanding of your heritage.

What happens to my contribution?

Your story will be placed on the Tenby & Aberystwyth Story Project website, which will exist as a community heritage resource.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

If you wish your contribution to this project to be anonymous then that is entirely your choice, simply do not provide your name.

Use of quotations

It is important to be aware that any publications emerging from this project may use quotations of your words. They may also appear in the project’s social media output.

Reference to third parties

In order to ensure the right to confidentiality of other individuals, and to prevent possible difficulties arising from potentially defamatory statements made in the survey, references to third parties shall be made anonymous.

Reference to illegal activity

You should not divulge any information relating to illegal behaviour or activities. Any information relating to illegal behaviour or activities will be passed on to the appropriate authorities.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us!

[1] Kate Clark, ‘Only Connect – Sustainable Development and Cultural Heritage’, in The Heritage Reader, eds G. Fairclough, R. Harrison, J. H. Jameson Jnr., and J. Schofield (Abingdon; New York, 2008), pp. 86-87.

[2] Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal, p. 28.