Workshop on participatory approaches for creativity and entrepreneurship

Four international workshops on different aspects of participation were planned in the frame of REACH. 

The second REACH Workshop was held in Coventry on 12 March 2019 at the Institute for Creative Enterprise. It focused on "creativity and entrepreneurship".

The scope of the international workshop in Coventry was to discuss and explore best practices on participatory approaches in the (re-)use of content and places within the sphere of cultural heritage.

Participants  investigated the value of creative participatory (re-)use and entrepreneurship within cultural heritage. The workshop took a broad definition of the theme, considering (re-)use in the context of digitised content and of places and locations, in accordance with the project’s wider activity.

All Workshop videos are available on the REACH You Tube channel.

Read the event report here.

Programme and Presentations

You can browse the programme and presentations here.

The programme of the day was articulated in three sessions and a final panel discussion.

First Session

The programme started by considering what has been done before, in other participatory projects, looking at intangible heritage, the federated search for digitised content and intellectual property considerations that affect the sector.

Second Session

The second session took a more hands on approach, by considering creative (re)-use in action and entrepreneurial considerations. The Pop-up museum is an easy way to engage the public with an online exhibition, content can be (re-)used to tell stories, to engage people with their heritage. Institutions, local communities and places are always looking to attract visitors and consider creative ways of marketing their assets, refocussing their provisions and services, and (re-)using traditional locations in new and interesting ways. 

Third session

The penultimate session again switched focus, considering the participatory approach to journalism, via the popular DigitalMeetsCulture online magazine for the heritage sector. Offline interaction with communities, in a unique, disruptive and/or entertaining manner, offer opportunities to reach and involve people, although entrepreneurial approaches within the cultural sector are not always easy to deliver.

Panel discussion

Finally, all attendees came together to join a group discussion to consider both the presentations of the day and wider participatory CH issues. These discussions will feed into further REACH project discussions, with the results featuring in project outcomes and recommendations.


The event was of interest to stakeholders within the cultural heritage sector that could include to creative enterprises, innovative tourism organisations and local development agencies, as well as researchers and students.

Practical information

The workshop took place in Coventry at the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE), Parkside, Coventry, CV1 2NE, the base for Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research.