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Rodney Harrison is Professor of Heritage Studies at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership Fellow. He is Principal Investigator on the Heritage Futures research programme and Director of the Heritage Futures Laboratory at UCL. He is the founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology and a founding Executive Committee member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies. He is the (co)author or (co)editor of more than a dozen books and special guest edited journal volumes and over 60 refereed journal articles and book chapters on topics relating broadly to the material pasts, presents and futures of anthropology, archaeology, heritage, material culture and museums. He has previously held teaching and research positions at the Open University, Australian National University, University of Western Australia and New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service in Sydney, Australia.



Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving


On Thursday 22 June 2017, UCL will be hosting a book panel discussion of Caitlin DeSilvey’s new book, Curated Decay, with guest speakers Professor David Lowenthal, Dr Heidy Geismar and Professor Rodney Harrison.

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.

Rodney Harrison
Caitlin DeSilvey



Afterlives Salon


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

Rodney Harrison
Cornelius Holtorf
Caitlin DeSilvey
Sefryn Penrose
Sarah May
Jennie Morgan
Nadia Bartolini
Antony Lyons
Kyle Lee Crossett


Nuclear Waste Management
Deep Space Messaging
World Heritage Site Management
Natural Heritage Management
Built Heritage Management
Cultural Diversity