ICCHS’ PhD Candidate leads winning team at ‘Heritage Apprentice’ competition

Jared Bowers

Jared Bowers

Jared Bowers, a doctoral candidate within ICCHS, was recently part of the winning team at the ‘Heritage Apprentice’ competition in Wales.  The Heritage Apprentice ran from 3-7 June, 2013 and was part of the AHRC-funded Heritage Skills programme hosted by Swansea University’s Graduate Centre for Arts and Humanities.  Post-graduate students from across the nation were invited to apply for the world-leading and unique programme, modelled on the BBC TV series ‘The Apprentice’.  Jared was the team leader for a group who, alongside the other two teams, were given specific challenges associated with an exciting, heritage-led regeneration project focused on the site of the former Hafod-Morfa Copperworks in the Lower Swansea Valley.

Hafod Morfa Copperworks

Hafod Morfa Copperworks

Their idea was to transform the area into a community-led ecomuseum which would include a multi-purpose zone with various activities for its visitors.  The winning team will be ‘hired’ to undertake a two-week placement with Professor Huw Bowen later in the summer.  Jared is currently finishing up his Ph.D. which focuses on using ecomuseology principles to support sustainable tourism development in the Rupununi region of Guyana.  He also works as a Research Assistant on a project involving intangible cultural heritage and tourism at Edinburgh Napier University.

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