SHUC – case studies

We take case study approach, involving a range of data collection and analysis methods. The cases are both territorial in that they will concentrate on a specified location, and problem oriented concentrating on the particular governance policies and actions concerned with managing the urban cultural heritage.

In the SHUC project we compared the approach of nine cities in three northern European countries (The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland) in the planning and management of the historic urban core. Each partner applied a common conceptual framework to empirical evidence within a particular country which enabled constructive comparison. The main research questions were:

• How are varying management approaches influencing the historic urban core and how can we capture this relationship in a common conceptual framework?

• How are approaches to the management of the historic core being reformed in each city and country?

• To what extent are models and methods of managing the historic urban core transferable between countries, and what scope is there for effective policy transfer?

Three cities in three countries

Mixed-method data collection approach that included:

  • Planning and policy documents
  • Policy statements and practice reviews available in the public domain
  • Expert interviews with representatives of public, private and community sectors

The Netherlands case studies:

  1. Breda
  2. Utrecht
  3. Delft
Holland cases
The Netherlands


The Great Britain case studies:

  1. Newcastle
  2. York
  3. Norwich
UK cases
United Kingdom

Ireland case studies:

  1. Drogheda
  2. Limerick
  3. Waterford


Ireland cases

The findings are summarised in the final report, which can be downloaded here