How is the uncertainty of the deep future conceived of and managed in different fields of conservation practice?
What do we mean when we say ‘forever’? In this theme, we’re comparing three domains and seeing how they can challenge, inform and strengthen each other: the heritage ‘forever’ that is present in designations like UNESCO’s World Heritage Site; the ‘forever’ of messages sent to deep space; and the ‘forever’ of nuclear waste disposal. We’ll be asking how these different futures are constructed and manipulated in the present. How can we recognise these futures in the world around us? Heritage is often said to be the human legacy preserved for the benefit of future generations. However, it typically remains unclear precisely when these future generations will live and how we can make the right decisions in the present with their best interests in mind. The main challenge lies in how to prepare for the future’s inherent uncertainty. The aim is to capitalise on the creative potential released by the common acknowledgement across these organisations of an uncertain future, with the intention to conceive of heritage differently. What happens when we come to see nuclear waste as heritage? How can a space message transform the human legacy? Can heritage help us reduce risks of future development on Earth? We will explore specifically how the proposed Lake District World Heritage Site operationalises such visions of uncertain futures.
World Heritage Site Management
World Heritage Sites are the common heritage of humanity, managed to promote peace and understanding. How long should they last?...
Deep Space Messaging
Messages to deep space address an audience far in the future, perhaps after the demise of humanity. Can heritage think that far?...
How does heritage work when we’re ‘Living in the Future’?
Heritage Futures: Some thoughts on the value of comparative research to critical heritage studies
04/07/2018 — 04/07/2018
Heritage Futures at Future Fest
06/07/2018 — 07/07/2018
6-7 July 2018
In partnership with the AHRC Heritage Priority Area, we have been invited to programme two panels across two days for this year’s FutureFest, Europe’s largest Festival of the Future. Join us, along with project partners and friends of the project, for “Frozen Futures” on Friday and “Curated Decay” on Saturday.
Is the Lake District a Rural Area?
Video of a talk at the 2016 CHAT conference
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
Performing the Processes and Challenges of Early Career Researchers
Heritage Futures at the 19th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Assembly in New Delhi, India
Cabinets of Consequence
01/06/2016 — 29/06/2017
The Octagon Gallery, University College London
From the Vault to the Archive
Heritage Futures at the IUCN
One Earth Message
The One Earth Message Initiative (OEM) project is a private initiative, likely to be approved ...
IUCN World Conservation Congress, Hawaii
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Högberg, A., and Holtorf, C., 2014 "Nuclear waste as cultural heritage of the future" 14361. In: WM2014 Proceedings WM Symposia