Paul Long


Paul Long leads BCMCR research in History, Heritage and Archives and supervises several innovative PhD projects. He is a board member of both Vivid Projects and Media Archive for Central England (MACE). He leads evaluation and research on the EU-funded project smARTplaces Paul has produced extensive work on popular music heritage, knowledge of which has informed the music and tourism industry, as well as local cultural policies. He has co-edited a book emerging from the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s project ‘Cultural Intermediation: Connecting Communities in the Creative Urban Economy’, in which he led a work-packed investigating community engagement in Birmingham and Salford. Paul co-researched and curated an exhibition in May 2016 entitled ‘Is There Anyone Out There?’, which documented Birmingham’s independent music scene from 1986 to 1990. This drew on his expertise in pop history and heritage, in conjunction with Birmingham Music Archive. He is currently organising a public symposium as part of the Home of Metal music heritage programme in Birmingham.

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