People Places Stories

Stage 2. Analyse the current situation

Goal: to bring well-identified elements of the community into the light: governance, structure, sub-groups, networks, STEP or SWOT analysis, cultural mapping

Who are the current communities & stakeholders that are already present in an area/linked to heritage? What distinguishes the groups from each other, what do they have in common? How do people relate to local heritage elements? What do they consider as meaningful for their life, what do they want to share? What is personal space, what is common space, what brings them together? What has a personal value, what has a common value?

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Heritage Community Development Toolkit

Related Competence

  • To find the meaning of local heritage for the different groups in the locality.
  • To find links between the communities and the place.
  • To assess the values of distinct groups in the community for their heritage.
  • To organise a value & meaning identification process with community members.
  • To analyse a heritage asset/phenomenon with a focus on how it is related to cultural values.

Possible Actions

  • Invite people to tell about what is important for them in their daily life in the community.
  • Invite people to tell about their relationship with local heritage.
  • Apply storytelling techniques to help articulate/reveal personal meanings and connections with a heritage asset.
  • Collect stories that are relevant for the people and the heritage.
  • Offer general narrative principles to help people create their personal story.
  • Offer the appropriate media for people telling a personal story.
  • Help develop a simple structured narrative based on personal story material offered by the people.
  • Gather information on the socio-economic and historical context of a heritage community.
  • Coordinate the documentation of a community’s assessments of their heritage and its values.
  • Help organise a community’s assessment on the meaning and values people relate to cultural heritage elements at a certain place.
  • Register the diversity regarding meaning and values in a group of people.
  • Mediate between people with different meanings and values.
  • Moderate meaning and values identification exercises in a multicultural group.
  • Correctly describe heritage phenomena/practices.
  • Help people present a transnational or multi-cultural dimension of the heritage they relate to.


 250 inhabitants from ten mountain communities in the Val-Grande National Park, a protected area of remarkable natural beauty located in Piedmont, in the north of Italy. November 2016,  local mountain communities co-designed and managed cultural and touristic initiatives and enhancing local tangible and intangible heritage. The participants were involved in the community mapping of the most significant cultural assets of their communities, producing the comprehensive Commonlands Map along with 10 individual maps for each of the communities.



Missling on the tobar: researched former travelling sites around Cork as part of a project documenting the communities history, leading to an exhibition, awareness raising of travellers living conditions and human rights, and collaboration with other traveller networks.


Workshops on rural development through heritage.


Youth organisation working with migrants and storytelling


Learning Materials

Heritage Value
Understand values and how to create heritage values
Mary Hill Herself
Learn how to develop community storytelling workshop from the project “Mary Hill herself”

Case study: THe House Mill

1. Have your community experienced demographic changes and what are the ways you can engage with the new community members?
2. How would you identify and assess the unique values of your heritage community?


Competence Development Pathway

PPS focuses on building the capacity of heritage communities as a socio-cultural space for creativity, learning, participation & inclusion. Each stage of heritage community development involves either field, organisational or social competences.

We have developed the “PPS Competences & Knowledge-Skills-Attitudes (KSA) reference systems” that will assist you to develop the relevant competence to this stage.