Understanding Dartmoor’s cultural heritage and its importance

What does success look like?

Dartmoor’s cultural heritage is better understood. Local communities, visitors and other stakeholders’ value, understand and are engaged with Dartmoor’s rich cultural history which contributes to the sense of place.

How will this be achieved?

Partners will achieve an increased understanding by facilitating research on priority aspects of Dartmoor’s cultural heritage, as defined in the Cultural Heritage Research Framework, including the following priorities:

  • By the end of 2021, complete and publish the Dartmoor Cultural Heritage Research Framework which will identify gaps in our knowledge of Dartmoor’s cultural heritage and priorities for future research
  • Continue to participate as partners in research projects led by academic institutions where appropriate and possible
  • By 2022 existing, ongoing research projects will be published and new links with academic institutions sought while existing links are maintained.
  • By 2022 we will work with academic institutions and Historic England to provide training opportunities for students.
  • DNPA will continue to host an annual Local History Day to enable local researchers to network and hear about the latest research.
  • By 2023 DNPA will have established an annual, public cultural heritage seminar which will enable the latest findings on Dartmoor’s cultural heritage to be presented to the public

We will achieve increased understanding by ensuring that all hard copy documents and images held by DNPA are accessible and fully incorporated into the Historic Environment Record:

  • By 2022 all hard copy reports, plans and images will be digitized and catalogued.
  • We will ensure that the results of research concerning Dartmoor’s historic environment is accessioned to the HER as soon as possible
  • By the end of 2021 work with key partners to ensure the HER remains publicly accessible, fully funded and extend opportunities for volunteers to contribute.

We will achieve increased understanding by fostering and promoting a sense of community and place through engagement, experience and skills:

  • By the end of 2021 hold local archaeological and history events including annual conferences, a walks & talks programme, seminars and skills training and community field works opportunities.
  • By 2022 We will continue to work with partners to seek funding to increase training in traditional skills.
  • By 2022 we will work in partnership and seek funding to support innovative community heritage projects
  • We will achieve greater community engagement through an active programme of archaeological conservation projects and fieldwork opportunities by the end of 2021 establish with partners a Dartmoor archaeological volunteers group trained in fieldwork to undertake site assessment, condition assessment and contribute to an active programme of archaeological conservation projects and fieldwork opportunities in place.
  • By 2022 develop a new Adopt a Monument scheme.