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Buildings change over time. Keeping a building still requires maintenance. Can heritage allow buildings to change as well?

Our focus in built heritage contexts is on instances where there is some accommodation (or appreciation, even if ambivalent) of ruination and material change. Non-interventionist management approaches, while still relatively uncommon, are beginning to be explored through conceptualisations of ‘continued ruination’ and heritage hybridity. These approaches often aspire to a collaborative, rather than antagonistic, relationship with other-than-human agents of weathering, decay and ecological colonisation, but such intentions can come into conflict with the expectations set by regulatory frameworks and heritage designations.



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