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|Power A., Smyth K.
|Heritage, health and place: The legacies of local community-based heritage conservation on social wellbeing
Power A., Smyth K.; Heritage, health and place: The legacies of local community-based heritage conservation on social wellbeing ;Health and Place vol:39 issue: page:160.0
|Community; Health enabling spaces; Heritage; Older people; Therapeutic landscapes
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|Geographies of health challenge researchers to attend to the positive effects of occupying, creating and using all kinds of spaces, including green space and more recently blue space. Attention to the spaces of community-based heritage conservation has largely gone unexplored within the health geography literature. This paper examines the personal motivations and impacts associated with peoples growing interest in local heritage groups. It draws on questionnaires and interviews from a recent study with such groups and a conceptual mapping of their routes and flows. The findings reveal a rich array of positive benefits on the participants social wellbeing with/in the community. These include personal enrichment, social learning, satisfaction from sharing the heritage products with others, and less anxiety about the present. These positive effects were tempered by needing to face and overcome challenging effects associated with running the projects thus opening up an extension to health-enabling spaces debates. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.