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What values are associated with heritage structures and landscapes that are allowed to undergo transformation and change?

The Transformation theme sought to document how the practice of cultural remembrance can be sustained with materials and landscapes that are allowed to undergo active processes of change and transformation. Within this broad area of interest, the work has a particular interest in the way in which a focus on process, rather than permanence, renders the distinction between natural and cultural heritage unworkable, and unsustainable. This theme considers the future dilemmas associated with the management of change by working within two distinct domains of practice: built heritage and transitional landscapes.



Heritage Futures at the 2018 Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference


Members of the Heritage Futures research team will be convening and presenting at seven sessions at the Association for Critical Heritage Studies 2018 conference at Zheijang University in Hangzhou, China from 1st-6th September.


If you’re heading there, come check out (at least) one of our sessions. Or follow our twitter @Future_Heritage and website for updates resulting from these sessions.




Media coverage

Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving


Hosted by UCL, a panel discussion of Caitlin DeSilvey’s new book, Curated Decay, with guest speakers Professor David Lowenthal, Dr Haidy 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

Natural Heritage Management