The primary aim of this e-group will be to promote collaborative research and the dissemination of findings from academic and community-based studies, projects, and initiatives, as well as fostering the exchange of information re. meetings, seminars, conferences etc of mutual interest. The majority of messages will comprise progress reports of existing projects; information regarding new course modules and research findings; feedback re. key government and art councils policies and strategies; as well as listings of events, conferences, and seminars and funding opportunities. The membership will include academic and community researchers, practitioners, archivists, curators, librarians, and community activists and local historians. Equally important are people based in voluntary arts and cultural organisations, art councils, art centres, and interested members of the public.