Caitlin DeSilvey is Associate Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter, and Associate Director of the Environment and Sustainability Institute at Exeter’s campus in Penryn, Cornwall. Her research explores the cultural significance of material change and transformation, and she has worked with artists, archaeologists, environmental scientists and heritage practitioners on a range of interdisciplinary projects. Her monograph, Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving (UMP 2017), received the 2018 UMW Historic Preservation Book Prize. Caitlin was a Co-Investigator and led the Transformation theme of the Heritage Futures research programme.
Rodney Harrison, Caitlin DeSilvey, Cornelius Holtorf, Sharon Macdonald, Nadia Bartolini, Esther Breithoff, Harald Fredheim, Antony Lyons, Sarah May, Jennie Morgan, and Sefryn Penrose. 2020. Heritage Futures Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices. UCL Press.
Nadia Bartolini and Caitlin DeSilvey. 2020. Making space for hybridity: Industrial heritage naturecultures at West Carclaze Garden Village, Cornwall. Geofurm 113, July 2020: 39-49
Caitlin DeSilvey and Rodney Harrison. 2019. Anticipating loss: rethinking endangerment in heritage futures. International Journal of Heritage Studies 26 Special Issue
Nadia Bartolini and Caitlin DeSilvey. 2019. Rewilding as Heritage-making: New Natural Heritage and Renewed Memories in Portugal. In Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Memory, edited by Sarah De Nardi, Hilary Orange, Steven High, and Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto, 305-310. Abingdon: Routledge.
Transforming Loss: Knowledge Exchange at Orford
Nadia Bartolini and Caitlin DeSilvey. 2019. Recording Loss: film as method and the spirit of Orford Ness. International Journal of Heritage Studies.
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Heritage Futures at Historic Scotland 'Conservation Ethics and Approaches' event.
12/12/2018 — 12/12/2018
Caitlin DeSilvey delivered a keynote, with Jennie Morgan providing an invited response at Historic Scotland ‘Conservation Ethics and Approaches’ event on 12 December.
Heritage Futures Exhibition: Manchester Museum
14/12/2018 — 30/11/2020
Kyle Lee Crossett
David Mitchell and Caitlin DeSilvey. 2018. Care, repair, and adaptive heritage practice. CONTEXT: 155. 20-21.
Creativity and Stewardship in Changing Landscapes
Caitlin DeSilvey and Nadia Bartolini. 2018. Where horses run free? Autonomy, temporality, and rewilding in the Côa Valley, Portugal. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 2018: 1-16.
Curated Decay: Arts of Losing, Noticing, Listening
02/06/2018 — 02/06/2018
Talk by Caitlin DeSilvey for Tuned City Messene
How might a focus on material process and persistence, rather than preservation and permanence, reorient heritage practice? What new relationships with the past (and the future) emerge from intentional accommodation of transience and decay? When change is inevitable, can we move past discussion of loss and ‘letting go’ to think instead about metamorphosis and ‘letting be’?
Heritage Futures at Future Fest
06/07/2018 — 07/07/2018
6-7 July 2018
In partnership with the AHRC Heritage Priority Area, we have been invited to programme two panels across two days for this year’s FutureFest, Europe’s largest Festival of the Future. Join us, along with project partners and friends of the project, for “Frozen Futures” on Friday and “Curated Decay” on Saturday.
Heritage Futures at the 19th ICOMOS General Assembly in Delhi
Call for Papers: Unsustainable heritage?
If you are interested in participating in this session at ACHS2018 please contact Rodney Harrison email@example.com with a title and abstract in the first instance. Please note that abstracts and paper titles must be sent to conference organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org with cc to email@example.com by 30th November 2017.
Thinking Allowed: Heritage and Preservation
Caitlin DeSilvey discusses her new book as a guest on the Radio 4 programme.
Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving
The book has been featured and debated through various media outlets, with articles in The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, The Eastern Daily Press, and Cornwall Live – to name a few. DeSilvey was also interviewed on BBC Radio Cornwall, and BBC Radio Solent.
Cornelius DeSilvey. 2017. Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota.
Rodney Harrison et al. 2016. Heritage Futures. Archaeology International 19: 68–72.
This salon to accompany the current Octagon exhibition Cabinets of Consequence will explore how heritage and other related forms of conservation practices (including nuclear waste management) make futures. How do we use material culture to stitch futures from pasts? What do we conserve? What do we get rid of? What do we allow to change? This Salon will be staged as a series of conversations across various themes currently being explored within the Heritage Futures research programme,Event held at Haldane Room, Wilkins Building , Gower Street WC1
IUCN World Conservation Congress, Hawaii
Knowledge Exchange Workshop, Stockholm and Forsmark
08/03/2016 — 11/03/2016
Nature/Culture Heritage Surgery: Building Sustainable Heritage Futures in the Anthropocene
IUCN World Conservation Congress, Hawaii