What values are associated with heritage structures and landscapes that are allowed to undergo transformation and change?
The Transformation theme seeks 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.
Built Heritage Management
Buildings change over time. Keeping a building still requires maintenance. Can heritage allow buildings to change as well?...
DeSilvey, C. and Bartolini, N. (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’?
DeSilvey, C. (2017). Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota.
Creativity and Stewardship in Changing Landscapes
CITiZAN, the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network, highlights the threat to a wealth of ...
Heritage Futures: Some thoughts on the value of comparative research to critical heritage studies
04/07/2018 — 04/07/2018
From the Vault to the Archive
Heritage Futures at the 19th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Assembly in New Delhi, India
and a road and bridge returned from UNDER the water #transformation https://t.co/YyGyVnckXq
IUCN World Conservation Congress, Hawaii
Alternative Heritage Futures
28/08/2016 — 02/09/2016
World Archaeological Congress, Kyoto
Archives in Place
#Transformation RA Nadia Bartolini reflects on experiences of loss at Orford Ness and asks how can we prepare for -… https://t.co/h8n8AvL7uj
Are heritage futures relevant to UNESCO?
Performing the Processes and Challenges of Early Career Researchers
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.