About Culture and Heritage Exchange

Formerly known as CHITCHAT, the Culture and Heritage Exchange (CHEx) is a knowledge exchange initiative which engages academic researchers, industry professionals, heritage stakeholders, and the general public in interdisciplinary conversations through transmedia methods, sources, and platforms. The study of culture and heritage (through the lens of the school’s diverse academic subjects) offers an important forum for the discussion of key influences and temporal trajectories that have helped shape the present. The initiative is proactive in disseminating its members’ research through its events such as public exhibitions, film showings and public seminars. The CHEx website also holds an archive of primary source data, such as oral history interviews, focus group discussions and witness seminar transcripts that have been collected during the course of the initiative’s research projects.


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Our research

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Past events and projects

Witness Seminar 12 April 2018 - Plymouth Policewomen’s Department

Our members


Breaking the Bias podcast

Speaker: Professor Judith Rowbotham; Host: Dr Michael Kandiah
When first established in 1883, the Co-operative Women's Guild set out to break the bias against women's participation in the Co-operative movement as anything more than shoppers. As part of breaking that bias, the Guild set out to give working class women a voice that they could use to make an impact. The University of Plymouth Cultural and Heritage Exchange (CHEx) team, building on its role in the lottery-funded 100 Years of Plymouth Powerful Women project with the Hoe Neighbourhood Forum, has been researching the Plymouth branch of the Guild and the members' importance in shaping and developing women's activism in Plymouth and the South West. In this podcast, the CHEx team's Professor Judith Rowbotham discusses the Guild and Plymouth's branch, in collaboration with King's College, London, to celebrate International Women's Day 2022.
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Professor Judith Rowbotham, Visiting Researcher, on the Importance of Heritage

CHEx member, Professor Judith Rowbotham is a Visiting Researcher at the University and a Director of SOLON Interdisciplinary Studies in Law, Crime and History
In this video Judith speaks about the value of heritage and the role it plays in underpinning individual, community and national identities. 
She describes how the work of CHEx will show how crime has shaped heritage across Plymouth and the South West of England and emphasises the importance that this understanding can play in developing our future.