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Natural processes of growth and decay lead to constant change in landscape. Heritage management engages with that change in complex ways.

The second domain considered by Transformations relates to a growing interest in the restoration of ‘wild’ nature to transitional and depopulating landscapes. In post-industrial or post-agricultural contexts, these initiatives (often described as ‘rewilding’) are confronted with tangible and intangible expressions of past and present human cultural activity, which may not align with contemporary management objectives. The research will investigate how management of such places may be constrained by reversion to conventional categorisations of ‘natural’ and ‘cultural’ heritage value, and by the privileging of ‘pre-disturbance’ conditions.



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